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The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr.

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
City Attorney
City Council Member

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Beige
Favorite Food:
Gumbo (Seafood)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts; Barbados
Favorite Quote:
Simply Achieve.

Birthplace

Born:
9/16/1944
Birth Location:
Houston, Texas

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
City Attorney
City Council Member

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Beige
Favorite Food:
Gumbo (Seafood)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts; Barbados
Favorite Quote:
Simply Achieve.

Birthplace

Born:
9/16/1944
Birth Location:
Houston
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Biography

Attorney Anthony William Hall, Jr. was born on September 16, 1944 in Houston, Texas to Quintanna Wilson Hall Alliniece and Anthony William Hall, Sr. Hall received his B.A. degree from Howard University in 1967, and served in the military from 1967 to 1971. While in the military, Hall attained the rank of captain and received the Purple Heart as well as three Bronze Stars. After his military service, Hall worked for the Harris County Commissions Office in 1971 and served as a State Representative from 1972 until 1979, when he was first elected to the Houston City Council. Upon his appointment, Hall was the third African American, after Judson W. Robinson, Jr. and Ernest McGowen, to be elected to the city council in Houston.

Hall obtained his J.D. degree from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University in 1982.
In 1990, he became the first African American chairman of the Houston Metropolitan Transit Authority, an agency which was created as a response to the public’s desire to have an efficient and reliable transportation system that would replace the existing malfunctioning busing system. During this time, Hall also became one of only three African Americans among the 50 partners in the Houston law firm, Jackson Walker, LLP. The firm, which has offices in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Angelo and San Antonio, represents clients in litigation for intellectual property, health care, labor and employment, technology, bankruptcy and numerous other fields. Hall served as the City Attorney for the City of Houston from 1998 until 2004, when he became the Chief Administrative Officer for the city. Hall’s key responsibilities included implementing some of the Administration’s significant priorities, participating in the budget process, and overseeing the Houston community’s safety issues.

Hall is also the Chairman of the Boulé Foundation and is involved with Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, serving as the past national president of the organization, and is currently on the board of trustees. He has devoted many years of his life to public service and has been given several awards for outstanding civic work. These awards include the Fifth Ward Enrichment Program’s Heart of Houston, the Black Achiever Award from the YMCA, the George “Mickey” Leland Community Service Award from the Barbara Jordan—Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University in 2006, and the National Forum for Black Public Administrators Marks of Excellence Award for Public Service Leadership in 2009. After years of public service, Hall returned to private practice law in the city of Houston in 2010.

Anthony Hall was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 9, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr.'s interview
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. talks about his mother's early education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. recalls how his parents met and their personalities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. remembers his community in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. recalls the ward boundaries in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. describes the sights, sounds and smells of Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. recalls the segregated education system in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. recalls his extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. describes his grade school experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. recalls his college selection process
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. remembers his high school community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. describes Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. talks about the Reserve Officers' Training Corps
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. recalls majoring in economics at Howard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. talks about his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement at Howard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. recalls joining the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. remembers being wounded in the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. recalls the start of his political career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. talks about the end of the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. recalls serving in the Texas Legislature
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. explains his decision to attend law school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. talks about African Americans' role in politics
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. recalls the progressive movement in Houston's politics
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. remembers serving on the Houston City Council
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. talks about chairing the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. recalls Republican politicians in Texas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. talks about mayoral races in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. recalls serving as Houston's city attorney
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. describes his career in management
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. recalls his role as chief administrative officer of Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. talks about his plans for the future
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. describes his membership in Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. talks about his family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Slating of The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr.'s interview, session 2
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  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. describes his stepfather
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. remembers his relationship with his stepfather
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. describes his stepfather's family background
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. describes his mother's family history
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. recalls his maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. describes his maternal family in Cedar Lake, Texas
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. describes his mother's education in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. remembers the values of his maternal family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. recalls his father's military career
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. describes his father's law enforcement career
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. recalls the history of Houston's police organizations
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. talks about his childhood personality
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. remembers living in Angleton, Texas with his mother
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. recalls his childhood in Brazoria County, Texas
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. describes the sights, sounds and smells of Brazoria County, Texas
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. talks about his family farm
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. recalls institutions in his Houston community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. remembers black professionals in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. talks about the Sweatt v. Painter case
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. remembers Charles Hamilton Houston
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. talks about his education in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. describes his aspirations for a career in science
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. talks about black professionals in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. recalls African American politicians in the 1960s
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. describes Jesse H. Jones
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. recalls the contributions of Jesse H. Jones
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. describes his high school activities
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. recalls Greater Zion Baptist Church
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. talks about his extracurricular activities in adolescence
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. remembers Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. talks about being the chief administrative officer of Houston
  • Tape: 10 Story: 6 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. recalls his accomplishments in Houston city government
  • Tape: 10 Story: 7 - The Honorable Anthony W. Hall, Jr. talks about his charitable work