The Nation’s Largest African American Video Oral History Collection Mobile search icon Mobile close search icon
Advanced Biography Search
Mobile navigation icon Close mobile navigation icon

Eddie Jenkins, Jr.

Share on Social Media

Information about Eddie Jenkins, Jr.

Profile image of Eddie Jenkins, Jr.

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Labor Lawyer
Football Player

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Peanut Butter (Extra Chunky)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Dominican Republic
Favorite Quote:
God Will Never Give You More Than You Can Handle.

Birthplace

Born:
8/31/1950
Birth Location:
Jacksonville, Florida

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Labor Lawyer
Football Player

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Peanut Butter (Extra Chunky)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Dominican Republic
Favorite Quote:
God Will Never Give You More Than You Can Handle.

Birthplace

Born:
8/31/1950
Birth Location:
Jacksonville
See how Eddie Jenkins, Jr. is related to other HistoryMakers

Biography

Professional athlete and attorney Eddie Joseph Jenkins, Jr. was born on August 31, 1950, in Jacksonville, Florida. Jenkins’s parents, Essie Rae Jenkins and Eddie Jenkins, Sr., moved the family to “da Ville” in Flushing, New York in 1955. Jenkins attended Public School #154 and was mentored by Coach Vince O’Connor at St. Francis Preparatory School, where he excelled in sports and participated in Outward Bound on Hurricane Island in Maine. Graduating in 1968, Jenkins enrolled at College of the Holy Cross where his classmates included future attorney Ted Wells, author Ed Jones, and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Graduating with his B.A. degree in 1972, Jenkins was drafted by the National Football League; there, Jenkins became part of the 1972 World Champion Miami Dolphins, the only team in NFL history to go undefeated. Winning the 1973 Super Bowl, Jenkins’s teammates included football legends, Paul Warfield, Larry Little, Marlon Briscoe, and Mercury Morris. Jenkins also played with the New York Giants, the Buffalo Bills, the New England Patriots and the Green Bay Packers.

Jenkins entered Suffolk University Law School in 1975 and earned his J.D. degree in 1978, after which he went to work for the United States Labor Department where he was instrumental in the landmark labor decision David Pasula v. Consolidation Coal Company in 1980. In 1986, Jenkins established the law offices of Eddie Jenkins and Associates and began teaching as an adjunct professor of law at Suffolk University Law School. The murder of Charles Stuart’s wife caused Jenkins to run against Newman Flanagan for District Attorney of Suffolk County in 1990; he won 38 percent of the vote against the incumbent. In 1993, Jenkins ran for an at-large seat on the Boston City Council and finished fifth; he also co-founded 1000 Black Men with Northeastern University’s Joseph Warren. In 1993, Jenkins unsuccessfully ran for Boston City Council. In 2002, Jenkins ran again for District Attorney of Suffolk County.

In 2003, Jenkins was appointed chairman of the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission (ABCC) by commonwealth of Massachusetts Treasurer Timothy Cahill. As chairman of ABCC, Jenkins was charged with the enforcement, oversight and regulation of over 22,000 liquor licenses. Jenkins’s community involvement included the Dorchester YMCA, the Multicultural Aids Coalition (MAC), the Vivienne S. Thomson Disability Center, and New Covenant Christian Church Sunday School. Jenkins’s son, Julian Jenkins, was drafted as a defensive end by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2006.

See how Eddie Jenkins, Jr. is related to other HistoryMakers
Loading...
Click Here To Explore The Archive Today!
  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Eddie Jenkins, Jr.'s interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. talks about his maternal family history, pt.1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. talks about his maternal family history, pt.2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. describes his father's memories of Hank Aaron in the Negro League
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. recalls his family's move from Jacksonville Florida to Flushing, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. describes his mother's upbringing and race relations in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. talks about his father's reputation as a baseball coach
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. talks about his paternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. talks about the impact of Zora Neal Hurston's literary legacy
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. talks about Florida history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. describes his father, Eddie Jenkins, Sr.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. describes his childhood neighborhood, "da Ville," in Flushing, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. talks about academic placement during his grade school years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. talks about his Jewish classmates in Flushing, New York during his grade school years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. recalls neighborhood sports as a youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. recalls his recruitment to St. Francis Preparatory School in Fresh Meadows, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. talks about Coach Vincent O'Connor and the football team at St. Francis Preparatory School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. talks about playing basketball at St. Francis Preparatory School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. describes his long commute to St. Francis Preparatory Academy as a high school student and learning Latin
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. talks about his experience with Outward Bound in Hurricane Island, Maine
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. recalls spending three days alone on an island
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. continues to describe his experience in the Outward Bound program on Hurricane Island in Maine
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. describes his decision to attend College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. talks about sports history at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. recalls his football career at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. talks about a campus walkout staged by black students at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. recalls debates between Clarence Thomas and HistoryMaker Theodore Wells in the Black Student Union at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. talks about the black community's disappointment with Clarence Thomas, pt.1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. talks about the black community's disappointment with Clarence Thomas, pt.2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. talks about neighbors from his childhood, Billie Holiday and Assata Shakur, formerly JoAnne Chesimard
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. recalls being drafted by the Miami Dolphins
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. recalls wearing African regalia to his graduation ceremony
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. describes impressing Coach Don Shula and making the Miami Dolphins team
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. describes his experience on the 1972 Miami Dolphins during their historic undefeated season
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. contrasts playing football at the collegiate and professional levels
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. recalls the early days of weight training in the NFL
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. talks about outstanding teammates on the Miami Dolphins including Mercury Morris, Paul Warfield, and Marlin Briscoe
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. talks about Marlin Briscoe's career trajectory
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. talks about Coach Don Shula and Miami Dolphins athletes including Paul Warfield, Bob Griese, and Larry Little
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. talks about Miami Dolphins player turned jailhouse lawyer, Mercury Morris, pt.1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. talks about Miami Dolphins player turned jailhouse lawyer, Mercury Morris, pt.2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. recalls being cut from the New York Giants
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. describes his experience with the Buffalo Bills
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. talks about the end of his NFL career and the start of law school
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. describes fulfilling his dream of becoming a lawyer at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. talks about David Pasula v. Consolidation Coal Company
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. remembers inspiring words from Johnnie Cochran
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. talks about prosecuting a rape case on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, pt.1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. talks about prosecuting a rape case on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, pt.2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. talks about how the Charles Stuart case led him to run for Suffolk County District Attorney against Newman Flanagan
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. talks about Ralph Martin, who was appointed Suffolk County District Attorney
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. describes his volunteer work
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. describes his role as chairman of the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. describes his admiration of HistoryMaker and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. talks about how he became chairman of Urban Edge, a non-profit housing corporation
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. talks about predatory lending in the Boston area
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. talks about the Urban Edge's housing development at Jackson Square
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. talks about his television show "The Public Advocate" and his radio program "Basic Training"
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. talks about the guests and content featured on his radio show, "Basic Training"
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. talks about Michael Vick and the need for athletes to invest their money wisely
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. talks about dog fighting
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. talks about the Businessweek article featuring his mentor from College of the Holy Cross, Father Brooks
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. talks about the legacy of Father John Brooks of College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. talks about his plans for the future
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. talks about how Christianity shapes his world view
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. considers what he would do differently
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. talks about his family
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. talks about writing a book and the advice of Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Edward P. Jones
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Eddie Jenkins, Jr. narrates his photographs