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The Honorable Alford Dempsey, Jr.

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
County Superior Court Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Snapper (Twice-Baked)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Italy
Favorite Quote:
If washing don't get you, the rinsing sure will.

Birthplace

Born:
3/19/1947
Birth Location:
Atlanta, Georgia

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
County Superior Court Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Snapper (Twice-Baked)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Italy
Favorite Quote:
If washing don't get you, the rinsing sure will.

Birthplace

Born:
3/19/1947
Birth Location:
Atlanta
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Biography

County Superior Court Judge Alford J. Dempsey, Jr. was born on March 19, 1947 in Atlanta, Georgia to his parents Alford J. Dempsey, Sr. and Maenelle Dempsey. His father served in the U.S. Army and was assigned to General Eisenhower's honor guard in Europe after World War II. While growing up, Dempsey wanted to join the military to emulate his father. His mother was an educator who worked for the State of Georgia’s Department of Education, developing schools in African American communities throughout Georgia. In 1965, Dempsey graduated from New Hampton School, a boarding school in New Hampshire where he played football, basketball, and baseball. Dempsey entered Columbia University that same year as a pre-med student. While at Columbia, Dempsey participated in the 1968 student protests. He later transferred to Morehouse College in Atlanta where he graduated with honors with his B.A. degree in economics in 1972 and in 1976, Dempsey earned his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School.

Dempsey began his legal career working on Jimmy Carter’s presidential campaign. He later became assistant city attorney for the City of Atlanta’s Department of Law. In 1992, Dempsey was named judge of the Magistrate Court of Fulton County/State Court in Atlanta. He was appointed by Fulton County State Court Chief Clarence Coopers. In 1995, Dempsey was then appointed to the Fulton County Superior Court by Governor Zell Miller where he presided over civil and felony criminal cases. Dempsey was also instrumental in the development and implementation of the Fulton County Family Court. Dempsey has presided over many high profile cases throughout his career including the case involving the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and allegations of misspending by its leadership.

Dempsey has served as a member of a number of professional legal organizations, including the American Judges Association, the American Judicature Society, the Atlanta Bar Association (Past Chair Judicial Section), the Bleckley Inn of Court, the Gate City Bar Association (Immediate Past Chair Judicial Section), and the National Bar Association.

Dempsey has also been active in numerous community organizations including serving as the District Chair of the South Atlanta District of the Boy Scouts of America, a Board member and past president of the Board of Carrie Steele-Pitts Home and a Board member of Sisters By Choice, Inc.

Alford J. Dempsey, Jr. was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 20, 2011.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Alford Dempsey's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Alford Dempsey relates stories from his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Alford Dempsey talks about his father's education and career in the U.S. Military
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Alford Dempsey discusses his father's experience with segregation in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Alford Dempsey talks about his mother's career, educational background and mother's side of the family in Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Alford Dempsey describes his maternal family in Noonan, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Alford Dempsey describes his parents' marriage and his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Alford Dempsey talks about his birthplace, his adopted sibling, and the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Alford Dempsey describes the neighborhood where he spent his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Alford Dempsey talks about the Scott family, owners of the Atlanta Daily World, as well as his early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Alford Dempsey describes his family's church, First Congregational Church in Atlanta, and his activities as a child
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Alford Dempsey talks about his participation in sports and his experience attending Washington High School and New Hampton Boarding School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Alford Dempsey talks about the New Hampton Boarding School in New Hampshire
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Alford Dempsey talks about his student activities and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Alford Dempsey describes his experience at the New Hampton Boarding School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Alford Dempsey discusses how he chose Columbia University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Alford Dempsey describes his difficulties as a student at Columbia University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Alford Dempsey talks about his academic performance and student activities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Alford Dempsey describes the 1968 Columbia University student protest
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Alford Dempsey describes the differences between the two 1968 Columbia student protests
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Alford Dempsey describes his band, the Soul Syndicate, and the famous musicians he met in New York and Atlanta
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Alford Dempsey recalls his time working at the Bird Cage Restaurant and Lounge in Atlanta
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Alford Dempsey discusses meeting his wife, Colleen
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Alford Dempsey talks about leaving Columbia University to attend Morehouse College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Alford Dempsey describes his time between graduating from Morehouse College, and attending Harvard Law School
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Alford Dempsey talks about his twin daughters, Audrey and Angela, and his grandchildren
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Alford Dempsey discusses attending Harvard University Law School and his job search
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Alford Dempsey describes his work for the Atlanta City Attorney's Office
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Alford Dempsey discusses the Minority and Female Business Enterprise Program and Maynard Jackson's impact as Mayor of Atlanta
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Alford Dempsey talks about the Atlanta Child Murders in 1979 and his son Alford James Dempsey, III
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Alford Dempsey describes his work for the City of Atlanta, teaching at Atlanta University and his private practice
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Alford Dempsey discusses his appointment to the magistrate court of Fulton County, Georgia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Alford Dempsey talks about leaving the City Attorney's Office and his relationship with Hamilton E. Holmes
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Alford Dempsey describes his experience as a judge in the Fulton County Superior Court
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Alford Dempsey talks about the Olympic bombing in Atlanta and the events of September 11, 2001
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Alford Dempsey discusses his wife's battle with breast cancer
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Alford Dempsey describes his work with the organization, Sisters by Choice
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Alford Dempsey describes his life and projects after the death of his wife
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Alford Dempsey describes the Brian Nichols courthouse shooting incident in Atlanta
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Alford Dempsey continues his discussion of Atlanta's Brian Nichols
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Alford Dempsey talks about his board affiliations, public service and charitable organizations
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Alford Dempsey discusses his legacy, goals and objectives