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The Honorable Gregory Mathis

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Federal District Court Judge
Television Personality

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Greens (Collard)
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Florida
Favorite Quote:
Believe In God And Believe In Yourself, And You Can Overcome Any Obstacle.

Birthplace

Born:
4/5/1960
Birth Location:
Detroit, Michigan

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Federal District Court Judge
Television Personality

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Greens (Collard)
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Florida
Favorite Quote:
Believe In God And Believe In Yourself, And You Can Overcome Any Obstacle.

Birthplace

Born:
4/5/1960
Birth Location:
Detroit
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Biography

Judge Greg Mathis, the youngest elected judge in Michigan’s history, was born on April 5, 1960, in Detroit, Michigan. Raised by his mother, Mathis’s troubled upbringing and membership in the Errol Flynns gang is documented in his 2002 autobiography Inner City Miracle. After attending Herman Gardens Elementary School, Peterson Seventh Day Adventist School, and Wayne Memorial High School, Mathis earned his GED through Operation PUSH while on juvenile probation in 1977. Mathis received his B.S. degree in public administration from Eastern Michigan University in 1982 and his J.D. degree from the University of Detroit Law School in 1987. Mathis led the Free South Africa and voter registration campaigns at Eastern Michigan University.

In 1983 Mathis joined the staff of Detroit City Councilman Clyde Cleveland, volunteered for Operation Push, and worked on Reverend Jesse Jackson’s presidential campaign in 1984. In 1986, Mathis, his wife Linda, and some friends formed Young Adults Asserting Themselves (YAAT) and four preschools in Detroit. Chosen to head Reverend Jackson’s 1988 presidential campaign in Michigan, Mathis later worked as the manager of Detroit’s Neighborhood City Halls for the late Mayor Coleman A. Young. In 1995, Mathis was elected to Michigan’s 36 District Court, and in 1998 Warner Brothers Television launched the Judge Mathis Show.

Featured prominently in both the print and electronic media, Mathis has been the recipient of many awards and honors. A chairman of Rainbow/PUSH-Excel board, a lifetime member of the NAACP, and a member the Southern Christian Leadership Conference board, Mathis and his wife and college sweetheart, Linda, have raised four children.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of The Honorable Gregory Mathis' interview, session 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis describes his maternal grandfather, Walter Lee
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis describes his family's connection to Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Florida
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis describes his mother, Alice Lee Mathis
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis describes his father, Charles Mathis
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis describes his upbringing as a Seventh-day Adventist
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis describes his childhood neighborhood of Prairie Street in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis talks about the music of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis remembers the racial environment of his neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis recalls a typical day at his childhood home
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis describes himself as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis recalls getting in trouble in school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis recalls the deteriorating conditions in the Herman Gardens Housing Projects in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis remembers the negative relationship between police and the community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis remembers the time his mother was attacked
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Slating of The Honorable Gregory Mathis' interview, session 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis remembers his life as a teenager
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis remembers an incident between his mother and his teacher
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis recalls his critical foundation in church and school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis describes himself as a young student
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis recalls his lowest point as a young man
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis describes the gang he joined as a young man
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis remembers first encountering the Errol Flynns gang
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis remembers his descent into crime and gang activity
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis remembers the judge who spared him from jail time
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis talks about being admitted to Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis describes returning to crime after his mother died
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis tells how he met his wife, Linda Mathis
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis remembers deciding to become a lawyer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis recalls his campus activism at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis details his aspirations as a senior in college
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis speaks about his life after graduating from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis remembers working for HistoryMaker Reverend Jesse L. Jackson's presidential campaign
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis remembers working for Detroit City Councilman Clyde Cleveland
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis reflects on the political and economic history of Detroit, Michigan, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis reflects on the political and economic history of Detroit, Michigan, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis explains how he obtained his law license
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis remembers working for Mayor Coleman Young
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis describes the youth agency he started
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis describes what motivated him to run for court judge
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis reflects on his experience as a district court judge in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis remembers fulfilling moments from his work in the community and the courts
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis speaks about mental illness in the criminal justice system
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis describes the flaws in the criminal justice system, pt.1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis describes the flaws in the criminal justice system, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis explains how he became a television star
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis remembers telling HistoryMaker Reverend Jesse L. Jackson about his TV show offer
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis explains the legal details of the 'Judge Mathis' show
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis recalls a memorable case on his TV show
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis reflects on the value of judge shows on television
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis talks about his family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis speaks about staying connected to his community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - The Honorable Gregory Mathis describes how he would like to be remembered