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Judge Greg  Mathis

Judge Greg Mathis

Civil Rights Activist/Television Personality

Judge Greg Mathis

Civil Rights Activist/Television Personality


Judge Greg Mathis is a national figure known for his advocacy campaigns for equal justice. His inspirational life story as a street youth who rose from jail to judge has provided hope to millions who watch him on the award-winning television court show Judge Mathis each day. In addition, his weekly newspaper column brings social and political insight to readers throughout the country.

Judge Mathis’s public service career began in college where he led Free South Africa and voter registration campaigns on campus. After graduating from college in 1983, he joined the staff of Detroit City Councilman Clyde Cleveland and continued to work as an advocate for equal justice with Reverend Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH, where he currently serves as Chairman, and also a national board member of the NAACP and the Morehouse School of Medicine.

In his efforts to reach out to youth and ex-offenders both in and out of the courtroom, Judge Mathis opened a community center in his hometown of Detroit and has assisted thousands of youth with his nonprofit agency Young Adults Asserting Themselves (Y.A.A.T.), an agency that provides career, business start-up, and job opportunities, as well as job training and college enrollment assistance.

Judge Mathis has received numerous awards and keys to the city from government officials and is the recipient of honorary doctorates from both Florida A&M University and Eastern Michigan University. He has been recognized for his efforts by numerous newspapers, magazines, and television networks, and has appeared on such shows as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Today Show, Larry King Live, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. He currently provides legal advice to over three million listeners on “The Steve Harvey Morning Show” and also on his website, AskJudgeMathis.com.

Speech Topics

Law & Justice: Unfair Sentencing & Police Misconduct

Violence, Crime & Drugs: Substance Abuse & Violence Assistance

Political Empowerment: Maintaining & Building Your Community

Youth & Parenting: Challenges & Obstacles

Overcoming Life's Challenges: Fighting Against the Odds


Books & Media


Inner City Miracle