[History Makers] NATHAN PRIDE SWORN IN AS 26TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT’S FIRST BLACK JUDGE

September 7, 2012

From The Jackson Sun
By:  Ned B. Hunter

His son held open the black robe of the 26th Judicial Circuit Court, as Nathan Blake Pride slipped first his right arm and then his left through the sleeves to officially become the district’s first black judge.

Pride was elected to the bench on Aug. 2, defeating five others for the position. On Tuesday, he was sworn into office by Judge Roger Page just after 10 a.m. inside the second-floor courtroom of the J. Alexander Leech Criminal Justice Center. With his right hand held high, Pride finished his judicial oath with a firm “I do,” and the crowd of more than 100 judges, family members, friends, mentors and supporters erupted into cheers, head nods and energetic applause.

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Mr. Pride finished Tennessee State University (1974-1978) – Bachelor of Science Criminal Justice (magna cum laude)

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