D'Army Bailey

Judge, Film actor

1941 –


Who is D'Army Bailey?

D'Army Bailey is an attorney, retired circuit court judge, civil rights activist, author and film actor, born in Memphis, Tennessee. He also served as a city councilman in Berkeley, California, from 1971-73.

Bailey is founder of the National Civil Rights Museum which opened in 1991 at Memphis’ Lorraine Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was slain in 1968. His 1993 book, Mine Eyes Have Seen: Dr. Martin Luther King’s Final Journey, focused on that period. A new book, The Education of a Black Radical, published in October 2009, recalls Bailey’s own history in the civil rights movement.

His interest in civil liberties issues also led Bailey to film, where he portrayed a judge in the 1999 film The People vs. Larry Flynt. He’s also had roles in seven other movies, including portrayals ranging from a minister to a street-hustling pool player. He is a member of the Screen Actors Guild.

As a lawyer, Bailey practiced law for 16 years in Memphis before being elected as a judge on the Circuit Court of Tennessee's Thirtieth Judicial District in 1990. He presided over a nationally recognized trial lasting four months in 1999 in which three major tobacco firms were acquitted of wrongdoing in contributing to the deaths of smokers. He also has been twice nominated to serve on the Tennessee Supreme Court.

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Nov 29, 1941
  • United States of America
  • Yale University
  • Yale Law School
  • Southern University and A&M College
  • Clark University

on July 23, 2013


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