Judge Greg Mathis is a national figure known for his advocacy campaigns for urban youth, and equal justice. He is the longest-running African-American male host on television, with the show now in its 23rd season. His inspirational life story of a street youth who rose from jail to Judge has provided hope to millions who watch him on the Emmy® Award-winning television court show Judge Mathis each day.
Judge Mathis’s public service career began in college where he led Free South Africa and voter registration campaigns on campus, while also working nights at McDonalds as a swing manager. After graduating from college in 1983, he joined the staff of Detroit City councilman Clyde Cleveland and continued to work as an advocate for equal justice with Reverend Jesse Jackson’s PUSH Excel, where he currently serves as Chairman. Judge Mathis has also served as a national board member of the NAACP and the Morehouse School of Medicine.
In 2022, Judge Mathis will be awarded a star on Hollywood’s “Walk of Fame,” an honor bestowed on luminaries of the entertainment industry.`
In his efforts to reach out to youth and ex-offenders both in and outside of the courtroom, Judge Mathis opened the Mathis Community Center in his hometown of Detroit and has assisted thousands of youth with his non-profit agency Young Adults Asserting Themselves (Y.A.A.T.), an agency that provides career, business start-up and job opportunities, as well as job training, college enrollment assistance and mentorship of Detroit youth.
In 2009, in honor of his years of work and commitment to his hometown of Detroit, the city named one of the streets Mathis Avenue after him. The street is part of a new housing development, which replaced the housing projects he grew up in.
Judge Mathis is married, and the proud father of four children, and grandfather of two adorable granddaughters.