Sparks graduated from West End High School in 1993 and from the University of Alabama in 1998. He went on to complete a degree in law at Miles College in 2003. Both Sparks' parents died while he was in college. He was recruited to the city on the day before his graduation and served as an administrative assistant to Mayor Richard Arrington Jr.
- "Cedric Dejuan Sparks Sr." (July 14, 2006) Birmingham Business Journal