Mayor Williams and the City of Wilmington Mourn the Loss and Honor Judge Leonoard Williams, Jr. By Lowering the City Flags to Half-Staff

Posted on  03/04/2013 12:42 pm

On March 2, Judge Leonard Williams, Jr. passed away.  Judge Williams was a pioneer who blazed a trail fighting for equal civil rights and desegregation of educational institutions.

"Judge Williams was undoubtedly a pillar in the Wilmington community.  He demonstrated tremendous leadership, strength, and integrity.  Tirelessly advocating for those without a voice, Judge Williams was dedicated to ensuring everyone received the same access and opportunities to achieve a better quality of life," said Mayor Williams.

Judge Williams enrolled at the University of Delaware two years after Parker v. University of Delaware, the decision that desegregated UD in 1950.  After graduating, Judge Williams attended Georgetown University Law School.  He returned to Delaware in the late 1950s and became the fifth African-American admitted to the Delaware Bar.  Judge Williams practiced law with Louis L. Redding until Redding’s retirement.

Early in his legal career, Judge Williams was a part-time Assistant City Solicitor for the Municipal Court in Wilmington, and he later served as the Chief Prosecuting Attorney for that court.  In May of 1966, he was appointed as an Associate Judge of the Municipal Court.

Judge Williams worked on many important civil rights cases including, Evans v. Buchanan, the New Castle school desegregation litigation; and the Burton v. Wilmington Parking Authority, a case tried in the Supreme Court of the United States.

The City of Wilmington will lower the City flag to half-staff at every City building in honor of Judge Williams and to recognize his dedicated service and community activism to the City of Wilmington.  The flags will be lowered from Monday, March 4 – Friday, March 8.