Laurinburg native wins Harriet Tubman award

Staff report

October 28, 2013

DETROIT, Mich. — A Laurinburg native and Detroit attorney, Brenda Hogue Springs, was recently presented the Harriet Tubman Award, which honors African American lawyers who have overcome barriers in the legal community.

Springs, who graduated from Scotland High School, currently works in a private practice. She has worked in the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office and on a contract basis with the Michigan Children’s Law Center.

Springs has also served for several years as Treasurer for the Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Michigan. She and her husband Jerry taught American language and math in the Western Kasai of Zaire — now called the Democratic Republic of the Congo — and traveled throughout West Africa, Egypt and Paris, France. They later shared their experiences with the members of Bright Hopewell Baptist Church.

Springs moved to Detroit, Michigan in 1981 and earned her Juris Doctorate Degree while working for Allstate Insurance and serving as a law clerk. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Springs is the daughter of the late James and Madieo Gilmore Hogue of Laurinburg and has three sons and a grandson.