Black Woman From Detroit Sworn In As A Judge By Her Dad Who Is Also A Judge


A legacy of Black excellence. Rebekah Coleman, who recently made history as the first Black judge of Harper Woods, Michigan, was just sworn in by her father, a judge, Black Enterprise reports. Coleman is a veteran lawmaker, graduating from Michigan State in 2007 before earning her Juris Doctorate in 2010 at Wayne State Law School and a master’s from the University of Detroit Mercy in 2014.

She made history, defeating incumbent Daniel Palmer in the November general election, winning the seat by a 53% majority, and becoming the first Black judge of Harper Woods in the city’s 69-year-history. Now, Coleman had the honor of being sworn in by her father, a judge.

“I was able to share this very special moment with my father as he swore me in as Judge of the 32A District Court,” Coleman said. The Detroit native has already begun her six-year term as the district’s judge, focusing on community-based programs like literacy initiatives, alternative sentencing, legal aid for civil and landlord-tenant cases and dr-g and sobriety treatment programs for residents.

“I am very excited to be the next judge of Harper Woods. I plan to bring a lot of positive changes, and I think the city is ready for it. Court is going to be a full-time operation, Monday through Friday. We need more community engagement to bridge the gap between the community and the judiciary,” said Coleman. Harper took to social media to thank the community for their support and her late mother, who was also an attorney.

“Mom, I got it done and will continue to live the life that you helped prepare me for before you had to leave us. It has been 15 years, but there is not a moment that you are not missed,” Coleman wrote. In addition to being the first Black judge of Harper Woods, she is also the first woman magistrate to hold the position. Congratulations, Judge Coleman!

This is how people reacted to this post:

Loren Bishop-BrownI love this!!! The pure love of an earthly father can send you to the moon and back!!! Missing my father Mr. John M. Bishop, jr my daddy, my best friend, my life coach, my critic, my basketball & tennis team mate, my swimming instructor, my reading partner, my foundation,my Doodles. My bestie!!! Life is empty without you, mother & John M.Bishop, III

Sally Kelleher WeaverI have to say – I thought it was pretty cool she was sworn in from her father. Then I saw the caption. So, we have to make it into a race thing? You people need to stop making everything about black and white.

Janet TaylorI pray this Father, daughter Judge team be the difference for people of color, The justice system is so unfair for people who Look like them

Brian SchwartzWould it not be better to say that father who is a judge, had the opportunity to swear in his daughter to be a judge?

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