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The Honorable Craig Strong

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
State Court Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Watermelon, Barbeque, Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Venice Beach, Los Angeles
Favorite Quote:
The Quickest Way To Get Where You're Going Is To Look Like You've Already Arrived.$If Something Is Important, Always Act Your Best, Do Your Best, And Look Your Best.

Birthplace

Born:
9/5/1947
Birth Location:
Detroit, Michigan

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
State Court Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Watermelon, Barbeque, Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Venice Beach, Los Angeles
Favorite Quote:
The Quickest Way To Get Where You're Going Is To Look Like You've Already Arrived.$If Something Is Important, Always Act Your Best, Do Your Best, And Look Your Best.

Birthplace

Born:
9/5/1947
Birth Location:
Detroit
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Biography

State of Michigan, 3rd District Circuit Court Judge Craig Stephen Strong was born on September 5, 1947, in Detroit, Michigan. Strong was raised in the Old Westside neighborhood of Detroit by his parents, Erman and Manila Geraldine Powers Strong. Growing up near the Blue Bird Bar and St. Cyprian Episcopal Church, Strong played the saxophone with the Junior Flips and was a patrol boy and a Boy Scout. Strong attended Sampson Elementary School and Cass Technical High School, where he excelled in the sciences. Graduating from high school in 1965, Strong entered Howard University, where he earned his B.S. degree in 1969. Drafted in 1971, Strong served as the only African American in the Navy’s Judges Advocacy Corps at that time. In 1973, Strong received his J.D. degree from the Detroit College of Law.

While in law school, Strong worked for Wayne County Legal Services and later the Trade Union Leadership Council; during that time, he was influenced by legal activists Milton Henry, Damon J. Keith, Kenny Cockrell and Mike Walls. Passing the Michigan State Bar at age twenty-nine, Strong became an officer of the Wolverine Bar Association and eventually its youngest president at age twenty-nine. Active in Democratic politics, Strong was elected a judge of the Detroit Recorders Court at age thirty-one. Strong would later be elected to the 3rd District Michigan State Circuit Court in 2001. Strong was a founding member of the Association of Black Judges of Michigan and also served as its president. Strong served as judicial chair of the National Bar Association; was a member of the National Bar Association’s delegation to South Africa; helped develop the International Black Bar Association; and served on the Supreme Court of South Africa.

In 1997, Strong, an avid collector of African art and African American memorabilia, was instrumental in the establishment of the Charles Wright African American History Museum in Detroit; he has been honored with the Outstanding Museum Service Award for his extensive fundraising efforts. Strong was a mason, a member of the NAACP and the Black United Fund of Michigan, in addition to being well known nationally for his celebrity photographs, and his sartorial taste in clothing.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of The Honorable Craig Strong's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - The Honorable Craig Strong lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable Craig Strong talks about his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - The Honorable Craig Strong talks about his paternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable Craig Strong talks about his family's migration to Detroit
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable Craig Strong talks about his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - The Honorable Craig Strong talks about his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Craig Strong talks about his family's land and his relationship to his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - The Honorable Craig Strong talks about his siblings and childhood neighborhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - The Honorable Craig Strong describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - The Honorable Craig Strong recalls working as a paperboy
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - The Honorable Craig Strong recalls churches in Detroit, Michigan and meeting Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - The Honorable Craig Strong reflects on growing up with significantly older siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - The Honorable Craig Strong talks about music and other aspects of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Craig Strong recalls fashion and etiquette of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Craig Strong talks about attending Sampson Elementary School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Craig Strong talks about political activity in his neighborhood in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Craig Strong talks about attending Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Craig Strong describes life in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Craig Strong talks about changes in his childhood neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Craig Strong talks about visiting Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Craig Strong recalls political figures he knew growing up in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Craig Strong recalls religious figures of his childhood such as Sweet Daddy Grace
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Craig Strong talks about learning to "rap" to women
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Craig Strong talks about his time at Howard University, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Craig Strong talks about his time at Howard University, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Craig Strong talks about attending Detroit College of Law
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Craig Strong talks about serving in the U.S. military
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Craig Strong talks about lawyers he admires
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - The Honorable Craig Strong talks about cases he volunteered for
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - The Honorable Craig Strong talks about being appointed a judge
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Craig Strong reflects on adjudicating drug cases, pt.1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Craig Strong reflects on adjudication drug cases, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Craig Strong describes the court system in Michigan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Craig Strong describes helping a young man through Jackets for Jobs
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Craig Strong talks about his transition from traffic court referee to criminal law judge
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Craig Strong talks about what keeps him hopeful
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Craig Strong details organizations he has been involved with
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - The Honorable Craig Strong describes his collection of African American memorabilia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - The Honorable Craig Strong notes what groups he is affiliated with
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - The Honorable Craig Strong describes the Association of Black Judges of Michigan and the merger of his court with the county court
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - The Honorable Craig Strong talks about the Wolverine Bar Association
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - The Honorable Craig Strong discusses elections and the importance of names
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - The Honorable Craig Strong discusses meeting celebrities through his public service
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - The Honorable Craig Strong reflects on his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - The Honorable Craig Strong reflects on his future
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - The Honorable Craig Strong describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - The Honorable Craig Strong reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - The Honorable Craig Strong talks about his hat collection
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - The Honorable Craig Strong reflects on his military time
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - The Honorable Craig Strong reflects on the Million Man March
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - The Honorable Craig Strong reflects on achieving success
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - The Honorable Craig Strong talks about his family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 13 - The Honorable Craig Strong reflects on how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - The Honorable Craig Strong narrates his photographs