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The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr.

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Superior Court Judge
City Council Member

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Seafood, Steak, Gumbo
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere
Favorite Quote:
The Best Day Of My Life.

Birthplace

Born:
2/10/1941
Birth Location:
Atlanta, Georgia

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Superior Court Judge
City Council Member

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Seafood, Steak, Gumbo
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere
Favorite Quote:
The Best Day Of My Life.

Birthplace

Born:
2/10/1941
Birth Location:
Atlanta
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Biography

Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. was born February 10, 1941 in Atlanta, Georgia to George Robert and Maggie Andrews Arrington. After graduating from Henry McNeal Turner High School in 1959, he entered Clark Atlanta University on a football scholarship and earned his B.A. degree in 1963. After a year at Howard University School of Law, Arrington transferred to Emory University School of Law and earned his J.D. degree in 1967.

In 1969, he and Maynard Jackson were elected to the Atlanta Board of Aldermen, a precursor to Atlanta’s City Council. Four years later, Jackson would defeat incumbent Mayor Sam Massell and become the first African American to be elected mayor of a large southern city. In 1980, Arrington would be elected president of the City Council and would serve in that capacity until he stepped down in 1997 to unsuccessfully run for mayor of Atlanta.

During his service on the City Council, Arrington introduced legislation to support federal prohibitions against housing discrimination and he ensured aggressive enforcement of state and federal housing laws designated to stabilize transitional neighborhoods. Arrington spearheaded Atlanta’s efforts to include minority-owned banks as equal partners with other participating banks. He worked with Georgia Senator Leroy Johnson to pave the way for Atlanta to host the return of Muhammed Ali to the ring after his four-year ban from boxing for draft avoidance. Arrington appointed the first woman to chair the city council’s powerful finance committee and he championed the retention and proper funding of Zoo Atlanta. He initiated measures to require that all city council and standing committee meetings be recorded and kept on file by the city clerk. Arrington used the buildup for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics to convert run down public housing projects to upgraded housing. He coordinated the funding for erection of the statute of Hank Aaron, which stands at the entrance of Turner Field.

A senior partner in the Arrington and Hollowell law firm, he was appointed, in 2002, as a Fulton County Superior Court Judge by then - governor, Roy Barnes.

Arrington serves on the board of trustees of Clark Atlanta University and Emory University Law School and he has been awarded an honorary doctorate from Clark Atlanta University. He is a member of the National Bar Association; American Bar Association; State Bar of Georgia; Lawyers Club, Gate City Bar Association Hall of Fame and Kiwanis International. A member of Big Bethel African Methodist Episcopalian Church, Arrington is the father of two adult children who are also lawyers.

Arrington was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 18, 2006.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr.'s interview, session 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. recalls his mother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. describes his maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. describes the origin of his family name
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. describes his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. describes his father's side of the family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. describes his maternal family reunions
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. recalls police brutality in the South
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. recalls black athletes from H.M. Turner High School
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. recalls his time at H.M. Turner High School
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. describes the importance of education for his family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. reflects upon his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. describes his childhood holidays
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. recalls learning how to cook
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. describes his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. recalls the Atlanta neighborhoods where he grew up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. recalls his H.M. Turner High School teammates
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. recalls instances of discrimination in Atlanta
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. recalls his teachers and classmates at Henry McNeal Turner High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. talks about Henry McNeal Turner and Vernon Johns
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. describes his childhood personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. recalls his decision to attend law school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. describes the impact of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. recalls Atlanta's civil rights leaders
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. describes his attitude towards church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. remembers notable African American athletes
  • Tape: 2 Story: 15 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. recalls his Henry McNeal Turner High School classmates
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. recalls the first anniversary of the March on Washington
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. recalls transferring to Emory University School of Law
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. recalls his experience as a black student at Emory University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. describes Atlanta's 1960s music scene
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. recalls Atlanta's Auburn Avenue
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. recalls Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and student leaders
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. recalls Atlanta's civil rights leadership
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. describes the decline of Atlanta's Auburn Avenue
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. talks about Atlanta's Butler Street YMCA
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. recalls John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Lyndon Baines Johnson
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. remembers Malcolm X and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. recalls the deaths of civil rights leaders
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. reflects upon civil rights legislation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 14 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. recalls joining the staff of Kleiner, Herman, Deville and Simmons
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. recalls personalities from Howard University School of Law
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. remembers the support of Ben Brown
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. talks about Charles Hamilton Houston
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. recalls his work for the War on Poverty
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. describes his law partner, S. Richard Rubin
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. recalls Senator Leroy R. Johnson's lessons
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. recalls running for Atlanta's Board of Aldermen
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. recalls his suit against the State Bar of Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. describes his legislative proposals
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. recalls the Board of Aldermen's racial composition
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. recalls co-sponsoring boxing legislation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. recalls the significance of Maynard Jackson's election
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. reflects upon Georgia's African American leadership
  • Tape: 4 Story: 14 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. reflects upon the country's black leadership
  • Tape: 4 Story: 15 - The Honorable Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. remembers Benjamin Mays and Dr. Asa Yancey, Sr.