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MSS 0009 Willie Blackmon Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 0009

Scope and Content

The Willie Blackmon Collection consists of newsclippings, events programs, funeral programs, correspondence, photos, family history materials, professional awards, athletic accomplishments, and other ephemera from 1927-2009 that were saved and compiled by Judge Blackmon throughout his career.

Dates

  • 1927 - 2009

Language

All materials are in English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Willie Blackmon Collection must be obtained from African American Library at the Gregory School or the appropriate copyright holder.

Biographical note

Willie E.B. Blackmon, a native of Houston, Texas was born on April 16, 1951 to Will Boney and Florence Joseph Blackmon. A 1969 graduate of Phillis Wheatley High School, he was an All State and All American athlete as well as an honor student. Mr. Blackmon Graduated from Texas A&M University in 1973, with a B.A. in Business Administration in Marketing. While attending Texas A&M he was an All-Southwest Conference and an All American athlete.

In 1982, he graduated from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law with a Juris Doctorate. He entered the U.S. Air Force in 1984 where he served as a military attorney before being honorably discharged at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Mr. Blackmon has served for ten years as Municipal Court Judge for the City of Houston. He has practiced law in the private sector in the fields of Family Law, Personal Injury, Wills and Probate, as well as Juvenile and Criminal Law.

He has received many accolades both for his athletic and professional accomplishments throughout his career. A member of the world record holding indoor mile relay team that won the U.S. Track and Field Federation National Championship, he was inducted into the Texas A&M Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994. Other honors include Co-recipient of the Gerald R. Ford Medal for Distinguished Public Service (2006), a Texas A&M University Distinguished Alumnus, and a member of Who’s Who in American Law 2008-2009. Mr. Blackmon is also a Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the first intercollegiate fraternity established by African Americans in 1906. Today, Judge Blackmon is currently retired and lives in Marble Falls with his wife, Dr. Gaye Lang. He maintains legal offices at Dennis Spurling PLLC Attorneys at Law.

Extent

1.5 Linear Feet (3)

Arrangement note

This collection is arranged by subject and material type.

Acquisition Information

Donated by: Willie E.B. Blackmon

Digitized Materials

A portion of this collection has been digitized and is available through the Houston Area Digital Archives. Please view the digitized materials at: http://digital.houstonlibrary.org/cdm/search/collection/gregory/searchterm/ph0001/order/identi

Related Collections

MSS 0170 Dr. Benjamin Covington Papers 1930s-1980s http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/houpub/00151/hpub-00151.html

Processing Information

Processed by: Vince Lee, October 2009
Title
MSS 0009 Willie Blackmon Collection
Subtitle
An Inventory of his Records at the African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library
Status
Completed
Date
October, 2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Gregory School Repository

Contact:

The African American Library at the Gregory School
1300 Victor Street
Houston, Texas 77019
832-393-1440
HPL.Gregoryschool@houstontx.gov
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Houston Metropolitan Research Center
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, Texas 77002
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