Glassman, Wyatt, Tuttle & Cox, PC Senior Shareholder Richard Glassman was honored by the family of the late Judge D’Army Bailey to present a portion of the eulogy for Judge Bailey at his funeral in Memphis at the Mississippi Boulevard Baptist Church. Speaking in addition to Mr. Glassman were United States Court of Appeal Sixth Circuit Bernice Donald, Circuit Judge Jerry Stokes, brother of Judge Bailey, County Commissioner Walter Bailey, former President Bill Clinton, and Judge Bailey’s dear friend, Aubrey Howard.
Judge Bailey helped preserve the Memphis motel where civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated and turn it into the National Civil Rights Museum. Judge Bailey led the fight to preserve the crumbling Lorraine Motel, where King was slain while standing on a balcony on April 4, 1968. King had stayed at the hotel while marching and making speeches on behalf of striking sanitation workers who were protesting low wages and unsafe working conditions. Many considered Judge Bailey to be a leader on civil rights.
The Shelby County Courthouse will be renamed in memory of Judge D’Army Bailey on September 25, 2015.