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The Honorable Judge Herman Marable Jr.


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Black History Month Salutes Judge Herman Marable Jr,
By Edith Campbell, The Labor Link  Feb. 2006

     At the age of 10, Herman Marable Jr. was reading a biography of Thurgood Marshall, an attorney for the NAACP and the first African American judge to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. The impact of this book, along with his parents' zeal for community service, ignited Marable's desire to make sure the courts serve the needs of his community.  Today, Herman Marable Jr. is a Genesee County 68th District Court judge and the creator of two recognition programs that reach beyond his bench duties. 
     To that end, he appointed a Citizens Advisory Committee to review community input, and established the "Judge Marable Student of the Month/Year Program" to encourage high school students to focus on education and career goals.  Recently, he expanded this concept to include seniors who work to improve the community. The "Herman Sr. and Iris B. Marable Senior Citizen of the Month Award" is named for Judge Marable's mother and late father. His father, Herman Marable Sr. was active during the open housing movement in the 1960s and human rights causes in later years. Iris Marable helped start a block club.  Both instilled in their son a deep concern for others. The Student of the Month Program elicits applications from 10th graders, an age, he says, when career goals are still attainable and might benefit from encouragement.

      "A 500-word essay on career goals from city students might prompt them to look down the road," Marable says. "It gives me a chance to emphasize the seriousness of education. Some kids do not think it's cool to get good grades or NOT to cut classes. They may not have support at home and may even be ostracized by peers for doing so. "Students of the Month award winners are given a certificate and trophy and a $75 U.S. Savings Bond. More importantly, their name is added to a plaque in Marable's courtroom. They are given a choice of where they would like the trophy presented (church, school, court, etc...) where it would have the most meaning. Additionally, the winners are allowed to shadow Judge Marable for a day on the job. Students sit by him at the bench and witness real-life consequences for bad choices. Sometimes Marable points out the student plaque to people appearing before him.  Students of the Month are also treated to a day at the Michigan State University where they visit a class and athletic event and stay in a dorm. The monthly winners then vie for Student of the Year, which carries a $500 Savings Bond award and other special recognition. 

     Just as Marable is known for his innovative sentencing, his recognition programs are financed by an equally innovative fund raising method. He enters local. regional and national karaoke contests and donates his winnings to this cause. He even performed in the Karaoke World Championship Contest in Finland last summer. In addition to these honors, Marable is listed in the31st Edition of Outstanding Young Men of America 1998, Black Judges of America, Who's Who in American Law and Who's Who Among  African Americans.

     Judge Marable is a Flint native and former Assistant Prosecuting Attorney of Genesee County and law clerk with UAW-GM Legal Services. He earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Ohio State University College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Public Policy with emphasis in Metropolitan Studies from James Madison College at Michigan State University. He has lived and served the majority of his life in this area with the exception of a two-year stint in Pittsburgh when he was an Assistant District Attorney of Allegheny County.  He has been active over the years in many community, political, civic, and professional organizations. During Black History Month, it is fitting to honor a Flint-born African American who not only serves his community in a professional capacity, but also orchestrates programs that impact the future.


Detroit Free Press

City Beat
February 9, 2006
AREA-WIDE: Danny Glover to keynote Roeper's Annual Gala

     Danny Glover, an acclaimed actor and humanitarian, will be the keynote speaker at the Roeper School's 12th annual gala and awards dinner, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Dearborn.  The Roeper Gala was established in 1990 to celebrate the school's 50th anniversary. The gala regularly features a prominent speaker and five or six awards presented to individuals or organizations that have contributed positively to the metropolitan area. This year's recipients include Forgotten Harvest, a nonprofit that has worked to alleviate hunger in the Detroit area, and the Honorable Herman Marable Jr. of the 68th District Court.  The Roeper School is an independent, private school with campuses in Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills that teaches students from preschool through 12th grade.


Mr. Green Wedlow and Mrs. Catherine Wedlow has been awarded the
Herman Sr. & Iris B. Marable Senior Citizen of the Month Award for January 2006. 

U.A.W. Local 598 Eye-Opener
February 2006

     The Wedlows were well known in the local religious community for their active membership at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church. Green Wedlow, 75, was President of the Senior Usher Board, a faithful member of the Sunday School department, and a vital part of the Willing Workers Ministry often visiting the homeless. Mr. Wedlow was a volunteer at Carriage Town Ministries. He was also an avid bowler with the church bowling league.

     Catherine Wedlow, 74, was also active in church activities. She was known as an outstanding homemaker and wife to Mr. Wedlow during their 58 year marriage. Although the Wedlows had no children, they were known as the "parents of the community" due to their mentorship of many young people and relatives throughout their lives.


 Local Judge lets couples "Jump The Broom"

Published by CPSA Courier October 1st 2006


The Singing Judge
By Mike Stevens

Every Monday night we bring you a new story of a Mid-Michigan Hero
who is going above and beyond to help others in our area.

Instead of the Hanging judge, he's the Singing Judge! Herman Marable may not be up for a Grammy anytime soon, but this Flint Judge by day, is a karaoke singer by night.

But Instead of singing the blues because he's not a huge star, Judge Marable uses his talents to win Karaoke contests. The money he gets, plus some from his own pocket, and some donated by Michigan State University, goes to a scholarship fund for 10th graders called the Student Of The Month program. 

"Most of the people I see I court on my criminal docket either dropped out of high school or were kicked out of high school. Its very important we stress to young people, the importance of education" 

On this night, there was no Karaoke contest. Judge Marable was just singing his heart out, to an almost empty room at a place called Silvia Joes Wagon wheels.  And by the way, itís not just singing for students, that makes Herman Marable an NBC 25 Hero.

Sometimes he takes time off the bench, to talk to kids, one on one, like a 13 year old middle school student, who's been having behavior problems. He tells him, he could end up be before him in his courtroom, if things don't change.  

And Judge Marable also has a Senior Citizen of the month program.  "The award is actually named after my late father and my mother who is alive. And it is for Seniors over 60 involved in community service,  Seniors in Genesee County.  And one of the reasons why I named the award after my parents is, that they inspired me to do community service" 

Now as far as weather he'll be pursuing any record contracts any time soon, he isn't saying. But as far as his future involving the community he says definitely it will happen  "I do what I do because I care about this community. I'm not a hero. Really. I'm just trying to pitch in my part to better the community"

 And by the way, as far as his singing goes, Judge Marable has won or competed in several Karaoke competitions here in Mid-Michigan, elsewhere in the Midwest and in Europe. But he's keeping all his singing success in perspective. 

 "I'm not planning to give up my day job".



Published by: CPSA Courier, May 13th, 2007

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