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The Honorable Marcus O. Tucker

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Superior Court Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Tacos (Chicken)
Favorite Time of Year:
Football Season
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Montreal, Canada
Favorite Quote:
When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going.

Birthplace

Born:
11/12/1934
Birth Location:
Santa Monica, California

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Superior Court Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Tacos (Chicken)
Favorite Time of Year:
Football Season
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Montreal, Canada
Favorite Quote:
When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going.

Birthplace

Born:
11/12/1934
Birth Location:
Santa Monica
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Biography

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Marcus O. Tucker, Jr. was born in Santa Monica, California, on November 12, 1934. His father was a physician who migrated from Kansas and his mother a teacher and realtor from Georgia.

Tucker graduated from University High School in Los Angeles in 1952. He briefly attended Fisk University but soon transferred to the University of Southern California. There, Tucker was an honor student and majored in international studies. When he earned his B.A. in 1956 his plan was to attend Law School. His uncle, Chicago lawyer James McClendon, was a role model who became an Illinois state senator. Tucker attended Howard University Law School and served on the editorial staff of the Howard Law School Journal from 1959 to 1960. He matriculated with a distinguished class that also included Vernon Jordan. Tucker earned a J.D. in 1960 and in 1997 earned an MA. in Criminal Justice from Chapman University.

Returning to Santa Monica, Tucker served as the first Santa Monica African American deputy city attorney in the criminal division from 1963 to 1965. He was an assistant U.S. attorney in the Los Angeles Criminal Division from 1965 to 1967. Tucker was the first African American to serve as presiding judge of the Long Beach Municipal Court in 1977 and was a supervising or presiding judge in Los Angeles-area juvenile courts from 1987 to 1994. In 1985, he became judge of the Los Angeles County Superior Court. As presiding judge of the Los Angeles Juvenile Courts, Tucker was in charge of the largest system in the United States. Tucker innovated low-cost drug testing for parents under the court's jurisdiction, referrals for community resources and a new system for tort lawyers. Tucker initiated Teen Courts with peer juries and closely monitored truancy rates. He also established a playground facility for children awaiting court action.

As a member of the John Mercer Langston Bar Association, Tucker initiated the History of Black Lawyers in Los Angeles project. Among his many honors and affiliations, Tucker was named to the National Bar Association Hall of Fame in 2002.

Tucker was interviewed by The HistoryMakers in 2002.

Tucker passed away on August 8, 2015.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Marcus O. Tucker's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Marcus O. Tucker lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Marcus O. Tucker talks about his paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Marcus O. Tucker talks about his maternal grandfather, Toombs McLendon
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Marcus O. Tucker describes how his father relocated to California from Oklahoma
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Marcus O. Tucker describes his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Marcus O. Tucker describes his father's educational background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Marcus O. Tucker talks about his father's family move from Oklahoma to California
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Marcus O. Tucker describes his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Marcus O. Tucker describes his experiences growing up in Santa Monica, California
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Marcus O. Tucker describes the challenges he faced as a grade school student
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Marcus O. Tucker describes his experiences attending the University of California, Los Angeles Teacher Training School for elementary school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Marcus O. Tucker describes his experiences attending University High School in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Marcus O. Tucker describes his football team at University High School in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Marcus O. Tucker talks about his negative perception of Santa Monica, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Marcus O. Tucker talks about attending University High School in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Marcus O. Tucker describes the experiences of several popular high school athletes from Santa Monica, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Marcus O. Tucker describes racial tensions in Santa Monica, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Marcus O. Tucker describes Santa Monica, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Marcus O. Tucker describes transferring from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee to the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Marcus O. Tucker describes his experiences with discrimination as a student at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Marcus O. Tucker describes his experiences attending Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Marcus O. Tucker describes his experiences attending the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Marcus O. Tucker talks about the University of Southern California football team
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Marcus O. Tucker talks about the professors that influenced him at the University of Southern California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Marcus O. Tucker talks about the significance of his liberal arts education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Marcus O. Tucker describes what inspired him to become a lawyer
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Marcus O. Tucker talks about his uncle, Illinois State Senator James A. McLendon
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Marcus O. Tucker describes his experiences attending Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 15 - Marcus O. Tucker talks about the challenges he faced adjusting to Howard University School of Law
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Marcus O. Tucker talks about his professors at Howard University School of Law
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Marcus O. Tucker talks about prominent African American attorney graduates of Howard University School of Law
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Marcus O. Tucker talks about Vernon Johns
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Marcus O. Tucker talks those whose lectures he attended at Howard University Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Marcus O. Tucker reflects upon attending Howard University School of Law
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Marcus O. Tucker talks about Diane Nash
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Marcus O. Tucker talks about his favorite course at Howard University School of Law
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Marcus O. Tucker talks about serving in the U.S. Army and opening a private practice in his mother's office in Santa Monica, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Marcus O. Tucker describes his hiring as the Deputy City Attorney for the City of Santa Monica
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Marcus O. Tucker describes his experiences working as the Deputy City Attorney for the City of Santa Monica and the Assistant U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Marcus O. Tucker describes his career from 1967 to 1977
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Marcus O. Tucker describes meeting and marrying his wife, Indira Tucker
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - Marcus O. Tucker describes the racism he faced as a presiding judge of the Long Beach Municipal Court
  • Tape: 3 Story: 14 - Marcus O. Tucker describes presiding over educational code violations in Long Beach Municipal Court
  • Tape: 3 Story: 15 - Marcus O. Tucker describes how minors that start out in dependency court get trapped in the legal system
  • Tape: 3 Story: 16 - Marcus O. Tucker talks about gang violence in Long Beach, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Marcus O. Tucker describes how he emphasizes education while presiding over juvenile court, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Marcus O. Tucker describes how he emphasizes education while presiding over juvenile court, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Marcus O. Tucker describes the ways in which some of the minors whose cases he handled have attained various levels of personal success
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Marcus O. Tucker describes some of the weaknesses of the juvenile penal system
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Marcus O. Tucker describes why parents are crucial to the juvenile penal process
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Marcus O. Tucker describes how a minor's peer group can shape his or her behaviors
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Marcus O. Tucker talks about the John Mercer Langston Bar Association
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Marcus O. Tucker talks about the History of the Black Lawyers of Los Angeles oral history project
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Marcus O. Tucker talks about his concern with the legal ethics of the O.J. Simpson case
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Marcus O. Tucker shares his hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Marcus O. Tucker shares his hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Marcus O. Tucker shares his hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 3
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - Marcus O. Tucker talks about the false sense of opportunity athletic excellence provides to young people, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Marcus O. Tucker talks about the false sense of opportunity athletic excellence provides to young people, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Marcus O. Tucker reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Marcus O. Tucker talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Marcus O. Tucker narrates his photographs