After obtaining a B.A. in World History at Reed College in 1971, and graduating from the University of Washington Law School in 1975, with a Juris Doctor degree, Atty. Wooten went to work for KCTS Channel 9 TV, the Educational Public television station in Seattle, where he shot documentaries and community affairs news programs.
Andre' Wooten began practicing law as a deputy Corporation Counsel for the City of Seattle in from 1976-1980. And he also taught African-American History and the evolution of U.S. labor rights and Constitutional Law, for the University of Washington Black Studies Department from 1978-1980.
Andre' Wooten established a litigation practice in Civil Rights, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury and Real Estate law in Honolulu in 1985. He is former president of the African American Lawyers Association of Hawaii, which he founded in 1987, and lobbied the legislature for the appointment of a black judge.
In 1988, as president of the Afro-American Association of Hawaii, he helped form a community coalition which successfully lobbied the Hawaii State legislature for passage of the Martin Luther King, Jr. State holiday.
Since 1988, Andre' has published numerous articles as History editor of the Afro-Hawaii then the Mahogany Newspapers in Honolulu, lectured in various colleges and Universities in Hawaii, and appeared scores of times in television programs in Honolulu discussing facts of the historical impact of the International African diaspora and civil rights issues.
In 1995 he and his wife formed “The AFRICAN HISTORY VIDEOS COMPANY”, which creates, produces and distributes educational International African history & music videos world wide. Beginning with the evolution of man and the Nile Valley civilizations of Nubia, KMT-Egypt, Kush and the Sudan.
Our African History programs Expand to West Africa, South Africa, Brazil in South America, Fiji in The South Pacific, The Carribean, Cuba and Jamaica, showing the common threads of the International African Diaspora in world history.
Since moving to Hawaii in 1980, Atty. Wooten has taught in the public high schools of the Big Island and lectured on African and American history, law and politics at the University of Hawaii, Chaminade College, Wayland Baptist College, Kaneohe Marine Base, Schofield Army Barracks, Pearl Harbor Naval Base and before numerous community groups.
In December 2002, a Hawaii Federal Jury awarded Atty Wooten’s client, Umar RAHSAAN, $1,055,000.00 in damages. The largest civil rights violation award for a black man in Hawaii court history.
And in 2005 settled, a discrimination case for Chadd Eaglin vs. University of Hawaii Medical School. The U of H Medical school had never admitted a first year African-American male student and only graduated one black male student ever in 30 years. While passing over this qualified Afro-Hawaiian male candidate, for both regular admissions and for “special Affirmative Action” admission, twice.
In 2006 settled, case of John MacAllister vs. University of Hawaii At Diamond Head Community College, involving discrimination against a black U.S. Army veteran in V.A. contracted educational services.
In April 2006, he won a $1,095,000 medical malpractice verdict against Queens Hospital and a surgeon in a wrongful death case.
Atty. Wooten has real estate business interests in Hawaii, Washington, Texas and Jamaica. www.SanSpiceVilla.com
His Hobbies include surfing the seven seas, archeology, music, dance, photography, writing and adventure.
Www.AttorneyAndreWooten.Com & www.AttyAndreWooten.Com
Prof Andre' Wooten, Aswan at Elephantine Island in the Nile in Nubia in Southern Egypt-KMT
Take the link for a s short sample of a video visit to Aswan in upper Egypt and the ancient Nubian Temples of Isis at the new Philae Island, The Temple of Kalabsha, Dendara, Khnum on Elephantine Island and the Louvre Museum in Paris where much of the old temple of Khnum from Elephantine Island is today.
Paste this link in your browser and watch a Black History Month television show on African-American History and the evolution of legal rights produced by Atty. Wooten, which is one of scores of television shows aired in Honolulu as a part of his Color and the Constitution series.
Attorneys Andre' & Daphne Wooten recieve Live Time Award
Attys Andre' & Daphne received Life Time awards for Civil Rights Community Service in 2014
REFLECTIONS OF A CIVIL RIGHTS LAWYER ON HIISTORY AND THE EVOLUTION OF RIGHTS
I want to thank all of my good friends and colleagues in the Honolulu NAACP for giving Daphne & I a Special Life Time Achievement honor on the occasion of the 25th Annual Honolulu MLK Holiday celebration diner.
I really do appreciate this, more than you may know.I have not missed one of these diners in 25 years since Corretta Scott King helped us celebrate the passage of the holiday in Hawaii 25 years ago. That’S when you see the professional and together permanent resident brothers and sisters on the Island get together for the cause.
Over the years we have had many interesting speakers for the diners like: MLK III, Louis Farakhan, Maxine Waters and others who have labored long fighting for civil rights and to improve the living conditions of African-Americans. These diners are a highlight of the year and an opportunity to see many of the folks of color in the islands that you don’t run into everyday.
Daphne & 1 try in our work and community activities to defend the principals of Freedom and Equality for everyone. No matter how big the person or organization is that is violating a person’S rights or causing physical injury we have filed suits and in many cases prevailed in making a bad situation better.
But Daphne and I have both arrived at this juncture with the help of those who have gone before us and those who have stood with us in these battles to expand human rights.
Some of you may know that while my dad, Howard A. Wooten, was a Tuskegee Airman who volunteered to fight Nazi’S and the enemies of the USA in WWII. He died when I was a baby. His people were brought into Galveston Texas as slaves in 1840 and then they were marched 200 miles north and sold on the block in Crockett Texas. And though they came out of slavery with nothing in 1965, my great-grandparents acquired 500 acres of Texas by 1900; and their children owned more than 3000 acres by 2000.
My school teacher, mom Josephine was born in Selma, Alabama and married an attorney Charles Stokes, after my father died. He was a Washington State Representative for Seattle in the 50s got the first Anti-Housing discrimination bill passed in the USA. He was president of the NAACP in Seattle and one of the founders of the Washington State Black Attorneys Association, black radio station and bank in Seattle.
And thus participating in the struggle to advance the civil rights of black folks was something I watched my trial attorney dad participate in while growing up in his house.
Both of our fathers (Charles Stokes and Lloyd Barbee) were African-American lawyers in private practice who also represented their respective neighborhoods in the Washington and Wisconsin state legislatures respectively when we were growing up.
I was 6 in 1954 and do indeed remember that the Brown v. Board of Education case was a big deal in those days. When I was in grade school I used to wonder “How did the black people wind up in this Jim Crow situation in the USA?
The history of the evolution and fight for the extension of civil rights, labor rights of African-Americans and all people in North and South America from 1492 to 2014 is a fascinating story with millions of chapters for the millions of lives lived in those centuries.
In 1948 when I was born all of Africa save Ethiopia, Ras Tafari be praised, was colonized. Now I have been lucky enough to watch as one by one Ghana, Kenya, Senegal Cameroon, Nigeria, Angola and all the rest until South Africa finally released Nelson Mandela in 1992 and all of the Motherland the African continent, became technically politically free, if not economically independent.
So we produce shows on what we really see on our trips there. A recent show on “Anthony Allen and Early African-Americans in Hawaii aired on Channel 53 in January.
We will air other programs in 2014 on the Dredlocked Pharaohs and the Pharaohs whose Obelisk monuments were taken to Rome by the Emperors.
The first time I read the name Nelson Mandela, I was in junior high school in Seattle in the 9th grade reading a Junior Scholastic article about the Apartheid government and racial caste laws in South African and Nelson Mandela’ participation in the leadership of the opposition to that ingrown racist discriminatory government in 1962.
Ghana had become independent of British colonial rule in 1958 and Kwame Nkrumah was their first elected president.
Macon Bolling Allen was the first African American Lawyer licensed to practice in US. Born free 1816 IN with the name Allen Macon Bolling. His name was changed during his citizenship processing in Portland, ME in 1844. He taught himself to read and write and became a school teacher in ME. Bolling Allen was a law clerk for General Samuel Fessenden, Esq. He was granted a license to practice law in ME 1844 but was unable to find clients. He subsequently relocated to Boston, MA and opened a law firm making history as the first black justice of the peace. Bolling Allen later moved to SC and served as a judge and also worked as the attorney for the Land Improvement Association in Washington, DC. He spent 50 years as a lawyer. He died in 1894.
So while I was never a Black Panther, I was V.P. of the Black Student Union @ Reed College in 68 when we took over the President’S Office and the Administration building for a week demanding the creation of a Black Studies Program there.
Ultimately Reed College agreed and a small one was formed. We students knew there was a lot of African History before the slave trade commenced which we were not being taught. We just did not know what it was. I was 30 when I took my first trip to Africa.
Since then I have been back 4 times. Daphne and I share what we see on these trips in our programs we record and show on Olelo and make available through the Internet through AFRICANHISTORYVIDEOS.COM
A lot of African History is carved in the columns and temples of the Nile from the Mediterranean South all the way to highlands of Ethiopia and great lakes of Kenya and Tanzania. If you have not visited the Cairo Antiquities Museum, the Valleys of the Kings and Queens and seen the ancient wonders of KMT-Egypt, you are missing an important chapter in ancient African History.
Howard “Stretch” Johnson, Betty Jo Harris, Donnis Thompson, Ira VanterPoole and many others helped us reach out to the many community groups in Hawaii to appeal to the Japanese, Hawaiian Filipino, Chinese, Samoan and all of the other community groups to explain to them how the MLK Holiday was something good for them and a needed step in the evolution of Human Rights and Civil Rights in Hawaii.
And eventually most of them stood with us on the State Capital steps and urged their representatives to vote for the passage of the MLK Holiday bill because — The advancement of Human Rights showed a positive evolution and development for their communities and the State of Hawaii as a whole.
For in recognizing the importance and the validity of MLK’s struggle and sacrifice for Civil Rights for black people was actually a major step in the advancement of the evolution of Human Rights for All people, all of our communities and our nation have been strengthened by the greater guarantee of all American citizens rights.
The Black Panthers spawned Grey Panthers, the Brown Panthers and even Pink Panthers.
The trend of history is clear Human Rights are continually evolving from a state of abject servitude to a more free state of independence and real liberty for all.
Even the trend of maximum sentencing and stripping of people convicted of non-violent crimes of their voting rights is beginning to wane, as more and more people realize we cannot lock up every felon for ever and it makes more sense to invest in schools than prisons.
As much progress as we have made however there still remain big challenges of poverty, homelessness in our fantastically mineral rich country, as government has created multi-national monopolies which such up greater and greater percentages of the nations wealth and power.
The people have to find a way to exercise power for themselves and counter the weight of the big money. A Constitutional Amendment clarifying that corporations are not people will help. And I urge you to join me is signing petitions to push the Amendment through.
We have a Supreme Court which recently weakened the “Voting Rights Act.” We have a Supreme Court which recently ruled that Corporation are People, and seems to favor undying corporations over the voting rights of real flesh and blood people.
Even General-President Eisenhower warned us Not to allow the Military-Industrial Complex to buy our government representatives. Angela Davis and many others have preached against the perversion of our democracy caused by a rampant and over indulged PRISON-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX, which makes money off of keeping our citizens in jail. Brad Manning revealed proof of massive excessive government spying.
A wise man once said : “Yeah though you lend help to the least of these my brothers, you do it also for me! STAND UP FOR YOUR RIGHTS!!
Color & the Constitution Andre’ & Daphne Wooten’s Public Affairs TV Show will air:
“The Fiji-Thebes Connection”
March 14, 2014 4:30 PM OLELO 53
March 20, 2014 9:00 AM OLELO 53
March 22, 2014 7:30 PM OLELO 53
March 27, 2014 9:00 AM OLELO 53
Color & the Constitution Andre’ & Daphne Wooten’s Public Affairs TV Show will air:
The 2014 Honolulu NAACP Dr MLK Awards
March 14, 2014 9:00 AM OLELO 53
March 28, 2014 6:00 PM OLELO 53
April 4, 2014 9:30 AM OLELO 53
April 5, 2014 2:00 PM OLELO 53
Attorney Andre’ S. Wooten is a story teller who has lectured in numerous Universities, schools, military bases, community centers and television.
Atty. Andre’ Wooten conducts illustrated diversity and ethnicity sensitivity courses and sessions for businesses, schools and community organizations, as well as illustrated International African History and American Civil Rights Constitutional Law history presentations and lectures.
Atty. Andre Wooten has produced over 50 programs as a part of his and his wife Daphne’ Color and the Construction series, which has aired on TV in Hawaii for nearly 20 years.
Only a few of which are previewed on YouTube or the AfricanHistoryVideos.Com websites.
A one hour illustrated history and diversity presentation is $300.00
A four hour illustrated history and diversity presentation is $1000.00
An all day illustrated history and diversity presentation is session is $2000.
If mainland travel is involved air fare and lodging are required, unless the presentation coincides with a previously planned trip to that area.
Presentation arrangements may be made by Calling 808-545-4165 or contacting: CEO@AfricanHistoryVideos.Com