African American Library at the Gregory School

Willie Blackmon Collection MSS.0009

An Inventory of his Records at the African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library

Creator Blackmon, Willie E.B., Mr.
Title: Willie Blackmon Collection
Dates: 1927-2009
Identification: MSS.0009
Quantity: 1.3 Linear feet
Language Materials are in english
Repository: African American Library at the Gregory School

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 went on to attend Texas A & M University where he graduated with a B.A. in Business Administration in Marketing in 1973. 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.

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 that were saved and compiled by Judge Blackmon throughout his career.

Arrangement note

This collection is arranged by subject and material type.


Access Restrictions


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.

Index Terms

Blackmon, Willie E.B., Mr
Blackmon, Willie E.B., Mr
African American men--Texas--Houston
African Americans
Bar Associations
Judges--Texas--Harris County

Related Collections

MSS 0170 Dr. Benjamin Covington Papers, 1930s-1980s

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Willie Blackmon Collection. MSS 0009. The African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library.

Acquisition Information

Donated by: Willie E.B. Blackmon

Processing Information

Processed by: Vince Lee, October 2009

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:

Detailed Description of the Collection

Family History

Box Folder
1 1 Family History
Biography, Will Boney ND
Decuir/Dequair American Line of Descent: Albert Decuire to Willie Blackmon ND
The State of Texas Resolution, Dequair Family Reunion Day August 1, 2008
Photocopy, Battle of New Orleans: An Acadian-American Remembered, The 1812 War Cry, Volume 34, No. 3 2008
Amand Broussard, The Star Magazine, Vol. 100, No.4 Spring, 2006
Photocopy, 2004 Creole Family History Convention, Creole Heritage Center of Northwestern State University 2004
Photocopy, of Mr. and Mrs. Will Boney, parents of Willie Blackmon ND
Photocopy, of Lula Drinyard, mother of Will Boney ND
Biography of Florence Rosetta Joseph Blackmon ND
2004 Creole Family History Convention, Creole Heritage Center of Northwestern State University 2004

Dr. Gaye Lang

Box Folder
1 2 Dr. Gaye Lang
Photocopy, Office of the Mayor Sugarland, Texas Proclamation, Gaydelle M. Lang 1991
Photograph, Dr. Gaye Lang 1st African American on Sugarland City Council (1st term) 1987-1989
Photograph, Dr. Gaye Lang 1st African American on Sugarland City Council (2nd term) 1989-1991
Photograph, Dr Gaye Lang and Dr. Rod Paige (Sec. of Education) ND
Letter, To: Ms. Lang, From: The White House 2003
Photograph, Dr. Gaye Lang, White House Appointee ND


Box Folder
1 3 Professional Accomplishments
Photocopy, Distinguished Alumnus Award, Willie E.B. Blackmon 2005
Photocopy, Honorable Discharge from U.S. Army, Evert L. Dequair 1960
Photocopy, Association of Former Student event, Willie E.B. Blackmon 2005
Photocopy, State of Texas, County of Lubbock appointment certificate Bill Blackmon Assistant District Attorney 1990
Photocopy, Judge Willie Blackmon and Mayor Lee P. Brown ND
Photocopy of Dr Gaye Lang and Judge Willie Brown-Texas A.M. University Hall of Fame banquet 1994 ND

Articles and Correspondence

Box Folder
1 4 Article
Don Imus, Racist or Humorist, His Words are a Sign of a Greater Ill or Merely a Catalyst to the Sound of Freedom by Willie E.B. Blackmon, Esq ND
Box Folder
1 5 Correspondence
Letter To: Ms. Hellena Stokes, From: Willie E.B. Blackmon 2008
Letter To: Ms. Stokes, From: Willie E.B. Blackmon 2008
Letter To: Mr. Marion Jones, From: W.E.B. Blackmon ND

Box Folder
3 2 Events Programs
Ceremonial Booklet Unveiling and Dedication of the Barbara Jordan Statue, The University of Texas at Austin 2009
Program Fan for the Barbara Jordan Statue Unveiling, the University of Texas at Austin 2009
Joseph Ray Batiste, Jr. Senior recital, the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Alessandro Recital Hall 1995
Sigma Phi Psi, 1st annual induction ceremony 2001
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Campus with a Dream, closing reception 2005
Thirty-fifth Annual Convention, Texas Council of Alpha Chapters 1999
The Revival of the Black Experience…From Boys to Men, Coalition of Pastoral Leaders 2009
Harris County Civil Courthouse Ribbon Cutting 2006
Investiture Ceremony and Administration of the Oath of Office to The Honorable Al Bennett Judge, 61st District Court 2009
Pleasantville Superiors Breakfast 1965
Distinguished Alumni Gala for Texas A&M University 2005
Heart of Houston, 11th “Heart of Houston” Fifth Ward enrichment program 2009
Leland Birthday Celebration at Texas Southern University, Sterling Student Center 1991
National Bar Association 72nd Annual Convention 1997
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, 2006 Centennial Celebration 2006


Box Folder
1 6 Photos
MSS 0009.001-Distinguished Alumni 2005 Induction 2005
MSS 0009.002-Group Photo, Dr. Gaye Lang, Judge Willie Blackmon, Judy Dyer ND
MSS 0009.003-District 880 Championship, Robert O’Neal, Larry Blackmon, and Willie Blackmon 1967
MSS 0009.004-Miss UNCF 1999, Tracey Samuel 1999
MSS 0009.005-Willie Blackmon High School State Championships 1969 1969
MSS 0009.006-Willie Blackmon Kyle Field 1970
Box Folder
1 7 Salim & Crystal Grant
Resume, Salim Grant ND
Lyric sheet Speechless by Ruthie Grant ND
Salim Grant press kit ND
Crystal Grant press kit ND
Salim Grant press kit ND
Crystal Grant press kit ND
Photocopy, Ruthie Grant, Dr. Florence Blackmon, Salim Grant, Crystal Grant, and Lisa Blackmon ND
Crystal Celeste Grant press kit ND
MSS 0009.007-Salim Grant – Studio Portrait ND


Box Folder
1 9 Newclippings
African American News & Issues, Vol. 7, No. 43 2002
Houstonian Becomes 1st Black Woman to Head an Elite College in the U.S. by Stefanie Asin, Houston Chronicle 1995
News-clipping, Houston Post 1994
Permanent Home for a Pioneer [Barbara Jordan], Houston Chronicle 2009
The World Mourns Leland’s Death [Mickey Leland], Houston Newspages, Vol.3, No.36 1989
Obituary, Rev. Dr. Hayward Edward Joseph Wiggins February 19, 1934 – August 8, 1997 ND
Obituary Andrew Jefferson, Houston Chronicle, 2008 Black and Proud to be a Graduate of Texas A&M by Roland S. Martin, Houston Chronicle 2002
Texas Medical Center, Vol.31, No.4 2009
Photocopy, My Five Heroes From Fifth Ward by Bob Lee 1991
Photocopy, Houston Informer 1959
Photocopy, high school sports box-scores, James Green of Yates H.S. 1996
Photocopy, various sports news-clippings 1945
Photocopy, Team for the Ages by Michael Murphy, Houston Chronicle 1992
Photocopy, Blackmon Makes History as 1st Black to Seek 33rd Judge’s Seat by Seth Green, Daily Tribune 2007
Religion section of Houston Chronicle 1999
Stan Wright Got it Right by Bud Johnson 1998
Obituary, Stanley VanDorne Wright 1998
Quentin Mease Mourned While his Life is Celebrated by Moises Mendoza, Houston Chronicle 2009
Obituary, George Albert McElroy ND
Brazos Touches Past, Present, and Future by Michael Murphy, Houston Chronicle 1993
News-clipping, African-American News&Issues 2007

Class Reunion & Athletic Events

Box Folder
1 10 Phillis Wheatley
College Night/Financial Workshop ’95 notice 1995
Jackie Benard Carr celebration notice 2005
25th Class Reunion Banquet/Dance Gala Class of 1969 notice 1994
Celebrating Golden Anniversary Reunion Banquet – Dance Class of 1955 2005
Second Annual Purple and White Scholarship Gala 2004
Mid-Winter Graduating Class invitation 1967
Commencement Exercises Spring Graduating Class notice 1969
35th Class Reunion Dinner Dance at the Grand 2004
Dedication Ceremony 4801 Providence Street 2006
Class of 1968 Reunion September 4-6, 1998 1998
Box Folder
1 11 Coach Collin Briggs-Wheatley High School
Photocopy of book dedicated to Mr. Collins Briggs ND
Collins Briggs Tournament and Basketball Season 1988-89 booklet ND
Box Folder
1 12 Coach Frankie Brazos & Kashmere Rams Basketball
“A Salute to Mr. Frankie Brazos” ceremony notice 1993
City of Houston Proclamation 1980
Box Folder
1 13 Coach Obie Williams
Athletic Summary ND
Information Sheet for Texas Afro American Coaches Association Hall of Honor ND
Box Folder
1 14 Lester C. Hayes
County of Harris, State of Texas Resolution, Lester C. Hayes Day 1995
City of Houston Proclamation 1995
Lester C. Hayes ’76 Summary ND
Box Folder
1 15 Jack Yates High School
Mighty Lions Homecoming book 1997
Pass It On 2nd Annual Domino & Spades Tournament 2000
Box Folder
1 16 TSU Homecoming
Texas Southern University vs. Knoxville College Official Program 1992
Box Folder
1 17 Annual TSU Relays
54th Annual TSU Relays program 2005
51st Annual TSU Relays program 2002
49th Annual TSU Relays program 2000
46th Annual TSU Relays program 1997
Box Folder
1 18 Annual TSU Relays
58th Annual TSU Relays program 2009
56th Annual TSU Relays program 2007
55th Annual TSU Relays program 2006
Box Folder
1 19 Texas Southern Unversity -Commencement
Spring Convocation of Fifty-Sixth Commencement 2003
Box Folder
1 20 Track & Field
Huston-Tillotson University Track and Field Media Guide 2006
Worthing High School Colt’s Track and Field Brochure by Oliver Brown, 1995 Photocopy, 1970 SWC Champions ND
Clyde Duncan Des Moines North 1964 by Chuck Offenburger press release ND
Gulf Association Scholastic All-Stars Track and Field Meet guide 1997
1976 Texas A&M Track Press Guide 1976
The Review, Texas A&M University 1970
UIL Track & Field State Championships guide 2004

Professional Events

Box Folder
2 1 Prairie View A&M-Sports Hall of Fame Induction
12th Annual Scholarship Banquet and Induction Ceremony 1999
Box Folder
2 2 National Bar Association-Annual Convention
83rd Annual Convention & Exhibits ND
Box Folder
2 3 Thurgood Marshall School of Law
Thurgood Marshall School of Law Application 2005-2006 2005
Thurgood Marshall School of Law Alumni and Friends Publication, Volume II, Number I 1985
Photocopy of Autographed photo by T.M. Marshall ND


Box Folder
2 4 The Sphinx
Volume 91, Numbers 1-2 2006
Volume 88, Numbers 1 2003
Volume 92, Numbers 1-2 2007
Volume 90, Numbers 1-4 2005
Box Folder
2 5 Publications
Black Enterprise May, 2006
Box Folder
2 6 Newsletters
Texas Sports Hall of Fame Newsletter and Annual Report, Volume 3, No.1 2002
Aggie Connection, Volume 1, Number 1 1998
Voice of the Rams, Huston-Tillotson University May 2005
Spirit News from the Texas A&M Foundation, Summer 2004 2004
Box Folder
2 7 History Of Black Firefighters 1955-1986
8 African Americans at Texas A&M
In Fulfillment of a Dream African Americans at Texas A&M, Spring 2001 2001
Box Folder
2 9 Texas Coalition Of Black Democrats
13th Annual Conference Houston Chapter 1992
Texas Democratic Party in Convention, Texas Coalition of Black Democrats 1992
Box Folder
2 10 Celebarting Black Cowboys
Celebrating Black Cowboys 2000
Seventh Annual Black Go Texan Bill Picket Gala 2000


Box Folder
2 11 Senfronia Thompson
Celebrating a Treasure booklet ND
Box Folder
2 12 Dr. Benjamin Jesse Covington
Dedication of the Official State of Texas Historical Marker 1995
Medical History, Journal of the National Medical Association by Benjamin Jesse Covington 1963
Dr. B.J. Covington and the Covington House by Henrietta B. Wells 1997
Box Folder
2 13 Henrietta Bell Wells
Biography, handwritten note card ND
Dedication of the Official State of Texas Historical Marker honoring the Covington House pamphlet 1995
Letter To: Henrietta Bell Wells, From: Jessie Covington Dent ND
Henrietta Bell Wells Wiley College Best Woman Debater 1 ND
Nothing Educates Us Like a Shock: The Integrated Rhetoric of Melvin B. Tolson by David Gold 2003
African American Genealogy A Personal Search for the Past by Dee Parmer Woodtor 1994
Box Folder
2 14 Wiley College Souvenir Program
Wiley College Souvenir Program ND


Box Folder
2 15 Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church
The Garden, 54th Edition 1997
Entrance Day Celebration and Dedication Service pamphlet 1997
Worship Service booklet 1998
Box Folder
2 16 Greater Ward Chapel A.M.E. Community Church
Worship Service booklet 2004
Box Folder
2 17 Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church
Worship Service booklet 1998

Funeral Programs

Box Folder
2 18 Funeral Programs
John Brady Coleman, M.D. 1994
Hazel Hainsworth Young 2009
John W. McGowan 1998
Sis. Claretha Williams 2009
Joris T. Colbert 1997
Barrett Chenault Joseph 1999
Johnny Peacock 2006
Agnes Colar DeQuair 2003
Annette DeQuair Joseph 1993
Dr. John Edward Perry II 2006
Claretha Bradley Williams 2009
Hazel Hainsworth Young 2009
Durrell Derbigney, III 1979
Betty Jean Blackmon 1999
Kristan Kendrick Warren 1998
Kirby White 2000
Esmond Tunwar, JR 1994
Brother James Blackmon 1979
Hilda Mae Jolivet 2000
Johnny Lee Johnson 1974
Willie Everett McClain 1997
Rev. Samuel Murry Boney 1979
Alge Lee Boney-Ross 2001
Leroy “dean” Marion 1999
Louis Lloyd Alexander 2005
Marguerite Barbara Johnson Williams 2003
James Carrol Gerard, Sr. 1995
Columbus Sherfield 1975
Melvin Paul Jolivet 2008
Dr. Benjamin Jesse Covington 1961
Clarence Shields Watley 2000
Quentin R. Mease 2009
Samuel Budd Williams 2007
Honorable Judge Andrew L. Jefferson Jr. 2008
Coach Dave Bethany 2000
Herbert Joseph Provost 1998
James Edward “Bear” Bryant 1994
Jessie Covington Dent 2001
Stanley V. Wright 1998
Invitations & programs
Box Folder
3 1 Invitations
Wedding ceremony Stephanie Cola & Dennis 2005
Houston Lawyers Association Annual Banquet 1993
Texas A&M University Association of Former Students Distinguished Alumn Gala 2005
Box Folder
3 3 Events Programs
19th Annual Hall of Honor Banquet, Sheraton Astrodome Hotel 1998
Pleasantville Civic League Inc. 35th Annual Banquet 1993
2003 Black Former Student Reunion Texas A&M University 2003
A salute to John Crump, Esq, National Bar Association 83rd Annual Meeting 2008
Commencement Exercises, Booker T. Washington High School, Houston, Texas June 4, 1927
TCU Lettermen’s Association Hall of Fame 1994
Black Former Student Banquet, Texas A&M University 1990
HISD Salutes Cameron S. Wells for 37 Years of Service 1991
NAACP 12th Annual ALEX Award, Houston, Texas 2008
Houston Prairie View Alumni Athletic Purple and Gold Club, Annual Alumni Athletic Recognition Banquet 1992
NAACP Houston Branch, 2008 Freedom Fund Awards Banquet 2008
United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Session 1993
Texas A&M University Lettermen’s Association 20th Annual Hershel Burgess Banquet 1992
Judson Robinson, Jr. Elementary School Dedication Ceremony 2002
2002 Dean’s Roundtable, College of Education Texas A&M University 2002
A Night with the Stars Hall of Honor Gala, honoring Dwight Jones 2002
Houston National Cemetery, Memorial Day 2007
Veteran’s Day Ceremony honoring La Porte/Bayshore Area Veterans 1999
Juneteenth Celebration Prairie View A&M University 2008
Box Folder
3 4 Alpha Phi Alpha-Beautillion
Alpha Phi Alpha-Beautillion ceremony booklet 2000
Box Folder
3 5 Pleasantville Civic League
Pleasantville Civic League 50th Anniversary 2000
Box Folder
3 6 Dean's Roundtable-Teacher Honorees
Dean’s Roundtable-Teacher Honorees 1993
Box Folder
3 7 Gulf Coast Community Service Association
Gulf Coast Community Services Association, Report to the Community 2004
Box Folder
3 8 Miscellaneous Items
Fredrick M. Woods II Summary of Achievement and Involvement 2006
Various Photos ND
GeezerJock Magazine Names Top Boomer, Senior Athletes 2005


4 Artifacts
Poster, Black Cowboys and Cowgirls shaping the American West, Houston Independent School District 2003
Save Our Student Staff, Houston Independent School District 2002
Photo, photo album, various photos, various years 1962
Graduation scrap book 1934
Texas Southern University yearbook 1975
Personal photo scrapbook ND
Texas Southern University yearbook 1978-1979
Texas African American Coaches Association Certificate 1998
Personal photo scrapbook ND

Box Folder
1 8 Election Flyers
Elect Yvonne Hawkins Fort Bend County Tax Assessor / Collector booklet ND
Letter To: general supporters for Willie Blackmon 33rd District Court Judge ND