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The Honorable Harold D. Melton

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
State Supreme Court Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Nachos
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bermuda
Favorite Quote:
N/A

Birthplace

Born:
9/25/1966
Birth Location:
Washington, District of Columbia

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
State Supreme Court Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Nachos
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bermuda
Favorite Quote:
N/A

Birthplace

Born:
9/25/1966
Birth Location:
Washington
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Biography

Georgia Supreme Court Justice Harold David Melton is the son of Carole H. Melton of Atlanta, Georgia. His father and role model, Augustus A. Melton, Jr. of Washington, D.C. is the first Black person and one of two to manage the District of Columbia’s National Airport (now Reagan International Airport).

Melton was born in Washington, D.C. on September 25, 1966. He was the younger of two boys. He grew up in the East Pointe and Marietta sections of Atlanta. In 1985, Melton attended Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama where he majored in international business and Spanish. During his second year at Auburn, he financed his tour of Peru, Bolivia and Brazil as a basketball player and Spanish interpreter for the school’s basketball team. Melton was the first person of color elected to serve as president of the student senate at Auburn and was the second to run and win as an independent. In 1991, he earned his J.D. degree from Georgia State University in Athens, Georgia. Following graduation from law school, he accepted a position in the office of Alabama Governor Guy Hunt as Assistant Attorney General in the Fiscal Affairs Division. He was promoted to Senior Assistant Attorney General in 1997 and Section Leader in the Tax Division. In 1998, he was selected to serve as Assistant to the Governor for Youth Affairs.

From 1998 to 2003, Melton supervised an administrative staff and six lawyers in the Consumer Interests Section as Leader in the Georgia Department of Law in Atlanta. In January 2003, Melton was appointed Executive Counsel to the Honorable Sonny Perdue to represent the Governor on legal issues. At thirty-eight years of age on July 1, 2005, he was appointed to the Supreme Court of Georgia.

Melton is an active board member of Atlanta Youth Academies and serves as Youth Leader for Southwest Christian Fellowship Church. From 1991 to 2002, he was a Volunteer Leader for Young Life Ministries.

Melton resides in Atlanta with his wife, Kimberly and their three children.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - The Honorable Harold D. Melton lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable Harold D. Melton describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - The Honorable Harold D. Melton describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable Harold D. Melton describes his father's career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable Harold D. Melton describes his maternal grandparents' family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - The Honorable Harold D. Melton describes his maternal grandparents' family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Harold D. Melton describes his paternal grandparents' family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - The Honorable Harold D. Melton describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - The Honorable Harold D. Melton describes his neighborhoods in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - The Honorable Harold D. Melton describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - The Honorable Harold D. Melton remembers his childhood in Suitland, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Harold D. Melton describes his neighborhood in East Point, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Harold D. Melton talks about his paternal great-grandmother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Harold D. Melton remembers his predominately white elementary school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Harold D. Melton remembers East Cobb Middle School in Marietta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Harold D. Melton describes his interests in middle school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Harold D. Melton describes his family's religious and holiday traditions
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Harold D. Melton remembers Wheeler High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Harold D. Melton describes his high school extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Harold D. Melton recalls being voted Mr. Wheeler in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Harold D. Melton recalls the Atlanta Missing and Murdered Children cases
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Harold D. Melton talks about African Americans leaders, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Harold D. Melton reflects upon African Americans leaders, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Harold D. Melton recalls his first quarter at Auburn University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Harold D. Melton recalls his experience of racial discrimination at Auburn University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Harold D. Melton remembers his classes at Auburn University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - The Honorable Harold D. Melton describes his trip to South America with Athletes in Action
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Harold D. Melton recalls playing the clarinet in middle school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Harold D. Melton describes the drug culture in Marietta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Harold D. Melton describes his experiences at Auburn University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Harold D. Melton recalls his campaign for student government president, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Harold D. Melton recalls his campaign for student government president, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Harold D. Melton reflects upon his mentors
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Harold D. Melton describes his role as student government president
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - The Honorable Harold D. Melton reflects upon standardized tests