Education at UC Berkeley, 1932-1938, and Hastings College of the Law, 1946-1949; U.S. Army service, 1942-1945; NAACP and other civic leadership positions; Oakland Economic Development Commission and Corp.; Alameda County municipal and superior court judgeships; election campaigns, 1945-1988; service as mayor of Oakland, CA, 1977-1990, including reference to Port of Oakland, Raiders football team and other urban issues.
Wilson, Lionel. "Lionel Wilson: Attorney, Judge, and Oakland Mayor." Interview by Gabrielle Morris in 1985 and 1990. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 1992.