Abram Joseph Emerson, Sr. was born December 14, 1947 in Austin, Texas to the parentage of the late Willie Ray Emerson, Sr. and Mary Ethel Middleton Emerson. He attended Blackshear Elementary School. The family later moved to San Antonio, Texas where he continued his education at Tynan Elementary, Emerson Middle School and finished his public school training at Jefferson High School in 1959. Afterward, he continued his education at San Antonio College finishing in 1961. While at San Antonio College, he organized the Young Democrats. He continued his pursuit of higher education at University of Texas in Austin receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. Abram accepted Christ at the age of eight years old and was baptized by the late Pastor John Joseph Rector. He was active in Sunday School, Youth Choir and Bible School. Abram was an active community worker helping alongside other community activists. Abram began his career at the University of Northern Iowa in Waterloo, Iowa as the Director of the Cultural Center. His exceptional work was noted by cultural and political leaders and he was selected to become a member of the Senior Executive Service in the federal government by President William J. Clinton. He joined the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and served under Henry Cisneros, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, where he worked for seven years. Upon his return home to San Antonio, he was selected by the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County to become the Community Engagement Coordinator for San Antonio Fighting Back where he implemented evidenced-based crime, substance abuse, and gang prevention programs. He organized many Eastside neighborhoods to “Fight Back” resulting in a major drop in drug-related crime, the establishment of Oxford Houses for those who are recovering from substance misuse disorders, the implementation of comprehensive afterschool programs that included youth mentoring and the Inner-City Games that involved over 10,000 youth in positive activities during the summer. Abram was also a member of the ROBBED Organization that helped the Eastside Community with many achievements to include the opening of the Langston Hughes Afro-American theatre where he would recite poetry at different shows. Abram leaves to cherish his memory his Mother, Mary E. Emerson, two Daughters, Rana and Jamilah, one Son, Abram, Jr., six Grandchildren, Aminah, Jerry III, Amaya and Anika Golder, Jaedyn Emerson, Sean Emerson, one Brother, Willie Ray Emerson, Jr. and a Dear Friend Claudelle Auxila.

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  1. Rest in eternal peace Brother Emerson. Thank you for your quiet but resolute efforts at bettering our community and for the inspiring way you took care of your dear mother.

  2. R. I. P., my good friend of many, many years, at Antioch MBC, in community organizing efforts and numerius community oriented initiatives. We were always hopeful about our futures and achieving change. God be with you..

  3. Dear Rana, we send heartfelt condolences and comfort to you, your grandmother, and whole family during this difficult time. We are thinking of you.

  4. Our dear Mrs. Emerson, we offer heartfelt condolences and sympathy to you and family, in the passing of Abram. We share your grief and pray God continues to strengthen you, as you mourn. The Carter Family (Mrs Johnnie Carter; daughters Sherlie, Cora, Barbara; and son Bobby).

  5. God Bless my family, Abraham my cousin you will be truly missed enjoyed the moments we shared Love You ❤️

  6. To Aunt Mary, Rana, Jamilah, Abram Jr., grandkids and the rest of the family. May God grant you what you need today. May you find peace and comfort in your Dad’s memories. Abram will be missed. Sending love from Houston, TX. Cousin Denise Middleton

  7. On behalf of Claudelle Family, we extend our love to Abrams memory. Eleanor, Beverly, Joseph and Azar.

  8. Our heartfelt condolences to the Family of Mr Abram Emerson. May God wrap you in the comfort of his love. Thinking of you .

  9. Aunt Mary and family, Abram’s passing is simply heartbreaking, and I can only hope that you all find the strength to endure this dreadful loss. Abram was the epitome of kindness, confidence and love. I enjoyed the brief times we spent together and will value his memory, always. Please know that God’s grace is sufficient even during these traumatic times. Burla and I send our sympathies and condolences, with a prayer of a brighter tomorrow. Love, Joe and Family

  10. Praying for the family and friends of Bro. Abram ….May the memories of your time together give your comfort. He served on Usher Ministry #1 for Antioch BC and was a servant for the people in his community.

  11. Abram and I were childhood friends. We attended elementary, junior high & high school together. We were in the same boy scout troup. The last time we talked was when we had lunch in Wash. DC when he worked at HUD many years ago. A quiet, gentle man with a giant intellect & big heart.

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