Andre Wooten

Andre Wooten, a native of Seattle, obtained a B.A. in world history at Reed College and a J.D. from the University of Washington Law School. He then worked for KCTS Channel 9, the educational public television station in Seattle. He began practicing law as a Deputy Corporation Counsel for the City of Seattle and taught African-American History and Constitutional Law, for the University of Washington Black Studies Department.

In 1985 Wooten established a litigation practice in Civil Rights, Criminal Defense, and Personal Injury law in Honolulu. He is a co-founder and former president of the African American Lawyers Association of Hawaii. In 1988, as President of the Afro-American Association of Hawaii, he successfully lobbied the Hawaii State Legislature for passage of the Martin Luther King, Jr. state holiday and the creation of the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission.

He and his wife, Daphne Barbee-Wooten, formed Amen Rasta I Production Enterprises, which creates, produced and distributed over fifty educational International African history videos worldwide, beginning with the Nile Valley civilizations of Nubia, KMT-Egypt, and Kush.  In December 2002, a Hawaii Federal Jury awarded Wooten’s client, $1,055,000.00 in damages, the largest civil rights violation award for a black person in Hawaii history.