Henry Ramsey Jr., ‘warrior for justice,’ dies at 80 (Formerly of Rocky Mount NC) – SFGate

Response: He was actually raised in Rocky Mount NC on the Hill in South Rocky Mount and attended Booker T. Washington High School. He and my friend Mr. William Hobbs were like brothers from his childhood up until the time of his death. Mr. & Mrs. Hobbs traveled to California in January to celebrate Ramsey’s 80th birthday celebration. Ramsey was a very nice man and spoke so eloquently when I was in his presence during different events in Rocky Mount over the years.


Judge Ramsey Jr. at Mr. & Mrs. William and Gardenia Hobbs 50th Wedding Anniversary in 2009 Gateway Convention Center Rocky Mount NC. Photo taken by yours truly The DCN.

Henry Ramsey Jr., a distinguished legal scholar who served as an Alameda County judge, member of the Berkeley City Council and dean of Howard University‘s law school, died Friday at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley. He was 80.

Mr. Ramsey suffered a stroke last Sunday at his Berkeley home, family members said.

Mr. Ramsey believed that "justice should be a reality for everybody," said former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, who served as co-counsel with Mr. Ramsey on a number of cases "when we represented those who couldn’t get representation, like the Black Panthers. Henry was so dedicated and so forceful. He was just a joy to work with."

Mr. Ramsey pulled no punches, Brown said. "He caused everyone to be conscious of their own conduct. He was such a scholar that he would let you know when you used a verb instead of an adjective. And somebody coming from Rocky Mount, N.C., you wouldn’t think he would be so equipped," said Brown, laughing. (Source: Read more)


Judge Ramsey Jr. at Mr. William Hobbs 80th Birthday Celebration in 2013 Gateway Convention Center Rocky Mount NC. Photo taken by yours truly The DCN.

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