Hwesu Samuel Murray, the President of The Dahomean Company, Inc., is a writer and motivational speaker on the subject of African American Economic Development. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School; a Master of Science degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism; and, a Bachelor of Arts degree in English as a writing major from Queens College.
Mr. Murray is an attorney in private practice in New York City, with extensive experience in commercial litigation, particularly in the area of intellectual property and entertainment law. He previously worked at law firms that included: Engram & Dixon; Schneck, Weltman & Hashmall, LLP; and, Santora & Greenfield, Of Counsel to Frankfurt, Garbus, Klein & Selz, LLP. He has worked on many major cases in federal and state courts, including, (with Russell Smith), the federal case involving the hit broadway show RENT. He has turned his attention to counseling clients regarding business affairs, with an emphasis on business start-ups.
Prior to practicing law, Mr. Murray worked in network and local television in New York City. He was in finance at NBC Sports, and was Producer of Like It Is on WABC-TV. He also was a Daily Reporter and documentary Film Producer for The 51st State on WNET-TV; and, was a Regional Reporter and Film and Arts Critic for The Bergen Evening Record in Hackensack, N.J. Early in his career he was a Producer, Director and Film Critic on several programs for Sterling Manhattan Cable Television. While at Columbia he interned at CBS News.
As a student, Mr. Murray fought for Black Studies courses and more Black professors as a member of the Queens College Black & Puerto Rican Student-Faculty Coalition, from 1968 to 1970. He was a member of various Black Arts Movement groups in poetry, theater, and African dance, (drummer), from 1968 to 1972.
Mr. Murray was Sprinter and Quarter-Miler as a member of the Freshman and Varsity Track Teams at Queens College from 1967 to 1970, including the team that won the Collegiate Track Conference Championship in 1968. He was a Sprinter, Quarter-Miler and Cross Country Runner at Andrew Jackson High School in Queens, including the team that won the New York City Public Schools Athletic League Championship in 1965.
Mr. Murray has traveled extensively to cities across America, and internationally, including: Mahe', of the beautiful African island nation, The Seychelles, (pictured above); Madrid and Caceres, Spain; Nassau,The Bahamas; London, England; Cancun, Mexico; and, Montreal and Toronto, Canada.
Mr. Murray received an Honorable Discharge from the 719th Transportation Company of Harlem's famed 369th Battalion of the New York Army National Guard, where he was a tractor-trailer driver. He was born in Harlem in 1949.