Celebrating Black History Month 2021

In honor of Black History Month in 2021, we asked several African American judges in Georgia who mentored, inspired, and helped them along the way. This February, we celebrate the people who helped lift others into judicial leadership roles.

Each weekday we will post a new response on our social media pages; Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Sometimes the social media posts will be shortened to stay within a certain length, but the full responses can be found here.

February 2

I had a few mentors that helped me. My law school professor, Ms. Carpenter, who had been the only woman in her law school class, really encouraged me. I was married and pregnant while in law school, and I had a few male professors who predicted that I would fail and told me as much. However, my professor Christopher Darden, once the prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson trial, was the exception. He was so supportive. Far and away, however, my biggest inspiration was my mother! She was poor, but she worked to put herself through nursing school. She was always my biggest cheerleader.

Judge Monica Wilburn, Warner Robins Municipal Court and Judge Pro Tem. of the Houston County Juvenile Court.

More to come each weekday in February.