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The Honorable Brenda H. Cole

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
State Court Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Turkey
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
I Can Do All Things Through Christ That Strengthens Me.

Birthplace

Born:
1/25/1943
Birth Location:
Joaquin, Texas

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
State Court Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Turkey
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
I Can Do All Things Through Christ That Strengthens Me.

Birthplace

Born:
1/25/1943
Birth Location:
Joaquin
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Biography

Judge Brenda H. Cole was born on January 25, 1943 in Joaquin, Texas to Eulalia and Garfield Hill. She attended Weldon High School, in Gladewater, Texas where her father was the principal, and her mother a teacher. An excellent student, Cole was valedictorian of her graduating class in 1959. She attended Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, received her B.A degree in English in 1963, her M.A degree in library science at Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University) in 1967 and her J.D degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in 1977.

After her admission to the State Bar of Georgia, Cole began her law career as the Assistant Attorney General in the Fiscal Affairs Division of the Georgia State Law Department, a position she held for five years. After moving to West Virginia, she was employed as counsel for the West Virginia Department of Corrections in Charleston, West Virginia and was admitted to the West Virginia State Bar. Cole served as Assistant Attorney General in the Tax Division of the West Virginia Attorney General’s Office, and as Deputy Attorney General of the West Virginia Environmental and Energy Division.

Returning to Atlanta, Cole rejoined the Georgia State Law Department, serving first as Assistant Attorney General for the Environmental Division; then, Senior Assistant Attorney General, heading the Business and Professional Regulations Division; and later, Deputy Attorney General before her appointment as a State Court Judge in 1998. She retired in 2012 and was appointed as a Senior Judge by Governor Nathan Deal.

Cole has served as President of the Council of State Judges, and as a member of Links, Inc., the Dogwood Chapter and Atlanta’s Women Foundation. She is the founder of the Clark Atlanta University Guild, an organization which provides scholarships for arts and humanities students at Clark Atlanta University. She also serves on the boards of the Children’s Museum of Atlanta and Bar Fitness of Georgia.

Cole is married to Thomas Winston Cole, Jr., President Emeritus, Clark Atlanta University. They are the parents of Kelley S. Cole and Thomas Winston Cole, III.

Cole was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on January 19, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Brenda H. Cole's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Brenda H. Cole lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Brenda H. Cole remembers her maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Brenda H. Cole remembers her paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Brenda H. Cole talks about her father's childhood and career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Brenda H. Cole talks about her mother's childhood and personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Brenda H. Cole talks about how her parents met and her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Brenda H. Cole recalls her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Brenda H. Cole describes her childhood neighborhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Brenda H. Cole talks about her relatives who "passed" for white
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Brenda H. Cole shares her memory of her first day of school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Brenda H. Cole recalls her experience in elementary school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Brenda H. Cole describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Brenda H. Cole talks about race relations in her hometown of Joaquin, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Brenda H. Cole talks about her experience in elementary school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Brenda H. Cole describes moving to Gladewater, Texas and attending Weldon High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Brenda H. Cole recalls her teachers at Weldon High School in Gladewater, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Brenda H. Cole describes her community in Gladewater, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Brenda H. Cole recalls her extracurricular activities at Weldon High School in Gladewater, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Brenda H. Cole recalls meeting her husband, HistoryMaker Thomas W. Cole
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Brenda H. Cole talks about attending a debutante ball while attending Weldon High School in Gladewater, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Brenda H. Cole describes her decision to attend Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Brenda H. Cole describes enrolling at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Brenda H. Cole recalls her childhood experiences of racism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Brenda H. Cole recalls integrating the staff of the drugstore in Gladewater, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Brenda H. Cole describes her civil rights activities at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Brenda H. Cole describes her civil rights activities at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Brenda H. Cole talks about meeting Hamilton Holmes and HistoryMaker Charlayne Hunter-Gault
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Brenda H. Cole talks about the speakers and entertainers who visited Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Brenda H. Cole describes her semester as an exchange student at Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Brenda H. Cole recalls her engagement to HistoryMaker Thomas W. Cole
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Brenda H. Cole recalls important incidents for the African American community in 1963
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Brenda H. Cole remembers her reaction to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Brenda H. Cole describes her experience in Texas and Chicago, Illinois after graduating from Spellman College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Brenda H. Cole describes leaving Chicago, Illinois for Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Brenda H. Cole remembers hearing about Juneteenth for the first time at Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Brenda H. Cole describes her experience returning to Atlanta, Georgia and receiving her master's degree in library science
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Brenda H. Cole describes volunteering at the King Center in Atlanta, Georgia and her decision to attend law school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Brenda H. Cole describes her experience attending Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia while raising two children
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Brenda H. Cole describes beginning her work in the Office of the Attorney General for the State of Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Brenda H. Cole describes her experience working in tax law under Georgia Attorney General Arthur Bolton
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Brenda H. Cole recalls living in Atlanta, Georgia during the "missing and murdered children case"
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Brenda H. Cole describes her experience living in Institute, West Virginia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Brenda H. Cole describes their decision to return to Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Brenda H. Cole describes returning to the Office of the Attorney General in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Brenda H. Cole recalls being appointed as a State Court Judge for Georgia in 1998
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Brenda H. Cole reflects on her personal development
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Brenda H. Cole talks about her civic, social, and professional organizations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Brenda H. Cole reflects upon her lack of regrets and her message for the future
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Brenda H. Cole talks about her family, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Brenda H. Cole talks about her family, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Brenda H. Cole describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Brenda H. Cole narrates her photographs