New York University School of Law, LL.M.
University of Mississippi School of Law, J.D.
University of Alabama, M.B.A.
Jackson State University, B.S.
LICENSED TO PRACTICE IN
Mississippi & New York
UNDER THE LAW.
Barbara returned home to Jackson, Mississippi and began her legal career developing tax clients and providing competent and courteous representation. Always aware that to whom much is given, much is required; Barbara was compelled to use her expertise to educate her community about the importance of asset building, estate planning and tax planning.
Barbara Blackmon is presently the Managing Partner of Blackmon and Blackmon, PLLC, a small, but aggressive law firm in Canton, Mississippi that does plaintiff and defense work, representing many Fortune 500 clients. Barbara, along with her husband, Edward Blackmon, Jr. is the General Counsel for the General Missionary Baptist State Convention as well as County Attorney for Claiborne County.
Breaking barriers come easy to Barbara Blackmon. In 1992, she was elected the first Black woman to represent Madison, Yazoo and Holmes counties in the Mississippi State Senate.
Barbara Blackmon initially represented Madison, Yazoo, and Holmes County in 1993. As a result of redistricting, she was pitted against the President Pro Tempore of the Senate the same year and defeated him representing Madison, Humphreys and Yazoo Counties for 12 years.
As a state senator, she worked to increase funding for all of Mississippi’s state colleges and universities. She supported the Mississippi Adequate Education Plan to provide equity to poorer school districts and was a champion for senior citizens and children by being a strong and effective voice for sound health care policies. Lt. Governor Eddie Briggs recognized Barbara’s vast business and legal capacity and because of her significant business background, Senator Blackmon was appointed to the powerful Senate Finance Committee where as a newly minted senator she was appointed Vice Chair where she advocated for more economic development in the poorer areas of the state as well as record construction investments at Mississippi’s universities and junior colleges. Lt. Governor Eddie Briggs, also, appointed Barbara to the Legislative Budget Committee and was the first female ever appointed to the Committee from the State Senate. She still holds that distinction. The Committee sets the State’s Budget prior to the Legislature convening. Barbara Blackmon was the first Black in the Senate to be appointed to a subcommittee chair on the Appropriations Committee where she oversaw over $350 million in agency budgets.
As a continuation of her public service, Richboy Entertainment, Inc. launched “The Barbara Blackmon Show” which aired April, 2006 as a news program featuring local and state policy makers, discussing the issues of the day and educating Mississippians on public policies that would enhance the quality of life in the state. The show aired in 68 of the state’s 82 counties each Sunday morning.
Barbara Blackmon served as President of the National Black Caucus of States Institute, a public policy think tank which developed parallel to the National Black Caucus of State Legislators from 2002-2010. She is a former Co-Chair of the National Campaign for Jackson State University’s $50 Million Campaign for scholarships, endowments and programs and served on the Board of Directors for the Jackson State University Foundation. She served on the steering committee for the B.B. King Museum in Indianola, Mississippi. She has served on the Board of Directors of the United Way of the Capitol Area, the Boys and Girls Club of Central Mississippi, the Stewpot of Canton, the American Red Cross Central Mississippi Chapter and as President of the Foundation for Education and Economic Development among other community and professional associations.
Barbara and her husband Edward Blackmon, Jr. received an award for Black Philanthropy for having given $1,000,000.00 to Tougaloo College, $750,000.00 to Jackson State University, and providing scholarships and awards to 53 students through their previous Foundation.
She was the 2003 Democratic Nominee for Lieutenant Governor of the State of Mississippi. Barbara Blackmon was the first Black ever to hold that honor. Her run inspired young people of all ages to dream and know that you can achieve that dream. Blackmon is an attorney who lives in Canton and is married to State Representative Edward Blackmon, Jr., who is also the Senior Partner of Blackmon and Blackmon, PLLC. They have two sons, Madison Edward and Bradford Jerome and two granddaughters, Enyla Chenise and Summer Rae. The Blackmons are members of Cade Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.
Current Employment Positions
Blackmon & Blackmon PLLC, Managing Partner
Claiborne County Medical Center
General Missionary Baptist Convention
New York, 1982
New York University School of Law
New York, NY, 1982
University of Mississippi School of Law
Oxford, MS, 1981
Mississippi Law Journal
University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL, 1976
Major: Business Administration
Jackson State University Jackson, MS, 1975
Major: Business Administration
Summa Cum Laude
Professional, Political and Past Employment
Mississippi State Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
Former Mississippi State Senator (12 years)
Re-elected in 2015 State Senator
Bristol-Myers Company, New York, NY, Associate Tax Attorney
Banks & Nichols, Jackson, MS, Associate Attorney
Instructor, Hinds Community College
City Attorney, City of Canton