Houston, Texas , United States
|| September 01, 1947
Nov 03, 2017 07:20pm
|Info||Alexander N. "Al" Green |
Al Green was born in New Orleans and grew up in Florida. His parents instilled in Al the drive to educate himself and to succeed.
Al earned his law degree from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University and was licensed to practice law in Texas in 1974. As a student, he earned awards in the areas of Federal Procedure and Conflicts. He would go on to serve at Thurgood Marshall as an instructor of law.
After graduation, Al co-founded and co-managed the law firm of Green, Wilson, Dewberry and Fitch. On September 1, 1977, he became Justice of the Peace, Precinct 7, Position 2. Al was honored at that swearing-in ceremony by a wide cross-section of community leaders who gave testimony to his legal skills, impeccable character and innate ability to communicate skillfully with people of diverse backgrounds. He served the citizens of southeast Houston in that capacity for 26 years before retiring in January 2004.
For nearly ten years, Al served as president of the Houston branch of the NAACP. He grew the organization to unprecedented heights, increasing membership from 500 to 3,500 and the staff from one to twenty. Al oversaw the purchase and renovation of a building to serve as the NAACP's home. He created the Houston Fair Share program, which encourages corporations to join with minority firms in joint ventures and to hire minority vendors.
Al also co-founded the Black and Brown Coalition with Judge Armando Rodriguez. This organization brings together Houston's African American and Hispanic communities to work on issues of common interest.
For his exceptional service to the community and in recognition of his outstanding professional achievement and superior leadership ability, Al has received dozens of awards. A few of those are: Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce, Distinguished Service Award, 1978; Black Heritage Society, Outstanding Leadership Award, 1981; and American Federation of Teachers,
Citation for Service as a "Courageous Defender of Due Process for Educators," 1983.
On June 22, 1995, Al was honored for his accomplishments by the City of Houston with "Al Green Day." Mayor Bob Lanier cited Al as a "vigorous spokesman for fairness, justice and equality for all" and cited Al's "distinguished reputation for his ability to bring together people of different ethnic, political and social lives."