The Compton 125 Historical Society (CHS) interviewed Judge Kelvin Filer on Saturday. The CHS was established to preserve the rich history of Compton, including its surrounding areas.
The Compton native said that he makes it a point to always say that he was born, raised, and educated in Compton, CA. Filer who has a brother that is a lawyer, daughters and nieces in law school, and a father (Maxcy Filer) who took more than 20 years and 48 attempts; with a stick to it attitude finally, also became a lawyer. In fact from 1996-1998 a sitcom named “Sparks” was created and aired depicting the law practice which starred James Avery, Miguel Nunez Jr., Terrence Howard, Kym Whitley, Robin Givens, and Arif Kinchen.
Filer was a practicing attorney with an office on Compton Blvd. from 1982-1993. He has been serving on the bench ever since.
This writer served as a fellow board member with Kelvin (childhood nickname “scooter”) on the Compton Athletic Foundation during the time that he was a practicing attorney. His brothers, father, and other community members met at his law office. The purpose of the foundation was to reach out to professional athletes (and others) that came out of the Compton area – and enlist their support in bringing needed resources into the community to help youth.
Filer was asked “how has the city changed since he was a kid”? He said that Compton used to be known for its good schools, nice neighborhoods, and cultural resources. But once people got educated many moved away; maybe to escape racism, poverty, and other negative issues, and that meant that the city lost future lawyers, intellectuals, athletes, business persons, etc.
Filer was a strong supporter of education. He served twelve years as Board of Trustee for Compton Unified School District. And he has participated for many years during the district’s annual “career day” activities by going into the schools and talking to students about how they too can use the education system to pursue their dreams and goals.
Special thanks to Blondell Filer (Kelvin’s mom who was also interviewed), Maxine, Kelvin’s sister, interviewer, author and historian Robert Johnson, videographers Karani Johnson, Odell Body, Compton 125 Historical Society representatives Rev. Charles Brown, Minister Pauline Brown, Al Sanders, Tony Hicks, and set venue First Charity MBC. Contact the CHS at firstname.lastname@example.org