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Reuben A. Munday

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Real Estate Lawyer
Commercial Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Lobster
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
3/2/1947
Birth Location:
Orange, New Jersey

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Real Estate Lawyer
Commercial Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Lobster
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
3/2/1947
Birth Location:
Orange
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Biography

Attorney Reuben Alexander Munday was born on March 2, 1947, in East Orange, New Jersey. Attending Logan Nursery School and Chambliss Children’s House, Munday graduated from Wyoming Seminary School, a boarding school in Kingston, Pennsylvania. Earning his B.A. in English in 1971, Munday worked for Cornell University’s Office of Public Information from 1972 to 1974; he received his M.P.S. degree in African American Studies in 1974, and enrolled in the University of Michigan Law School, graduating in 1976.

In 1977, Munday became an associate with the Detroit firm of Lewis, White, Clay and Graves (now Lewis and Munday). President of the firm from 1994 to 2003, Munday’s primary areas of practice included real estate acquisition and sale, commercial leases, mortgage financing, commercial and industrial real estate development, and problem real estate loan work outs. Munday’s firm represented various municipal corporations in the development of major projects in the city of Detroit, including the Trolley Plaza Apartments; Trappers Alley; the Robert L. Millender Center; the Madison Center Court House; the Cobo Hall Expansion Project; the Chrysler Jefferson Avenue Assembly Plant; and the Chrysler Mack Avenue Engine Plant. Munday served as the first African American general counsel to downtown Detroit development during Mayor Coleman Young’s administration

A sought after teacher and speaker on continuing legal education, Munday was also a member of many legal associations, including the American Bar Association; Detroit Bar Association; the Wolverine Bar Association; and the National Bar Association. A board member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters, St. John Health System Finance Committee, Fund for Detroit’s Future, City of Detroit Board of Ethics, National Conference for Community and Justice, City Year Detroit, and St. John Riverview Hospital, Munday married Dr. Cheryl Munday, with whom he had a son.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Reuben A. Munday lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Reuben A. Munday describes his mother's family background in Henderson, Kentucky
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Reuben A. Munday talks about his mother's college education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Reuben A. Munday describes his father's family background in Berea, Kentucky
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Reuben A. Munday talks about his father's education at Hampton Institute in Hampton, Virginia and the University of Massachusetts in Amherst
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Reuben A. Munday recalls his father's teaching career at the University of Tennessee in Nashville and the Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Reuben A. Munday remembers growing up at the Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Reuben A. Munday describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Reuben A. Munday describes the campus of the Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Reuben A. Munday describes the sights, sounds, and smells of growing up in Tuskegee, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Reuben A. Munday reflects upon the role of music during his upbringing in Tuskegee, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Reuben A. Munday talks about his primary education at Chambliss Children's House in Tuskegee, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Reuben A. Munday describes the roles of religion and education in his family
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Reuben A. Munday recounts his decision to attend a northern boarding school for high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Reuben A. Munday describes his experience at the Wyoming Seminary School in Kingston, Pennsylvania from 1961 to 1965
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Reuben A. Munday reflects upon the differences between black and white students at the Wyoming Seminary School in Kingston, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Reuben A. Munday describes his extracurricular and athletic interests while at the Wyoming Seminary School in Kingston, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Reuben A. Munday talks about his decision to attend Cornell University in Ithaca, New York in 1965
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Reuben A. Munday describes his high school Civil Rights Movement experiences in Tuskegee, Alabama
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Reuben A. Munday describes Sammy Younge, Jr.'s racially motivated murder in Tuskegee, Alabama in 1966
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Reuben A. Munday describes the impact of Sammy Younge, Jr.'s murder on his political formation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Reuben A. Munday talks about Johnny Ford, the first black mayor in Tuskegee, Alabama
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Reuben A. Munday talks about leaving the black community at Tuskegee Institute for Cornell University in Ithaca, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Reuben A. Munday describes Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and its African American Society
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Reuben A. Munday recalls student activism at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York during the late 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Reuben A. Munday talks about dropping out of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York in 1969 before completing his studies
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Reuben A. Munday recalls influential faculty in the African American studies department of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Reuben A. Munday reflects upon what he learned in African American studies at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Reuben A. Munday recounts his decision to enroll at the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Reuben A. Munday describes finishing law school and joining the firm of Lewis, White, Clay and Graves in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Reuben A. Munday talks about Coleman Young, mayor of Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Reuben A. Munday talks about the importance of business ownership in the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Reuben A. Munday describes the challenges of running his law firm, Lewis and Munday
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Reuben A. Munday talks about his law firm's contributions to the community in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Reuben A. Munday describes Detroit, Michigan's attempt to build Africa Town, a black business community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Reuben A. Munday compares the economic practices of African American and immigrant groups
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Reuben A. Munday describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Reuben A. Munday considers what he would do differently
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Reuben A. Munday reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Reuben A. Munday talks about his parents and his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Reuben A. Munday talks about the importance of preserving history
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Reuben A. Munday describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Reuben A. Munday narrates his photographs