Former Denver Judge Gary Jackson inducted into Blacks in Colorado Hall of Fame.

Former Denver County Court Senior Judge Gary Jackson on Saturday was inducted into the Blacks in Colorado Hall of Fame.

Jackson, who practiced as a lawyer for 43 years and who served as a Denver County Court Judge for eight years until his retirement in 2020, is the seventh African-American judge to be inducted into the hall.

“As a Colorado native born and raised in Denver, it is such an honor to be recognized and join the elite members in the Blacks in Colorado Hall of Fame, “ said Jackson, in a news release. “I’m humbled because I know that I walked on the path paved by those before me and grateful to those who supported me on my journey to forge greater opportunities within the legal field.”

In 1970, Jackson became Colorado’s only Black deputy district attorney within the Denver District Attorney’s Office. A year later, Jackson was a Sam Cary Bar Association founder, helping to create a scholarship endowment for deserving Black law students.

Jackson received numerous awards and recognition throughout his career, including in 2012 the Colorado Bar Association’s highest honor, the Award of Merit. In 2021, Jackson was inducted into the National Bar Association Fred Gray Hall of Fame, the second person inducted from Colorado, according to the release. He served as assistant U.S. Attorney for Colorado.

“Throughout my five-decade career, I was fortunate to serve as an example and, through my work, advocate for diversity, justice and youth to make a positive community impact for generations to come,” Jackson said. “I hope that I have been the type of role model as a judge to cause diverse young people to consider being a judge as one of the steps in their career ladder.“

Zipporah Parks Hammond, the University of Colorado’s first Black nursing school graduate, and the Rev. Leon Kelly, executive director of Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives, will join Jackson this month as inductees into the Blacks in Colorado Hall of Fame.

Jackson’s induction can be viewed virtually this afternoon, along with the Juanita Gray Community Service Awards, at a Denver Public Library Zoom link.

The Blacks in Colorado Hall of  Fame was established in 1973 as part of a cooperative venture for Black Awareness Month between the Denver Public Library and the Denver Public Schools.


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