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Benjamin Crump  

Civil Rights Attorney

One of the nation’s foremost attorneys for civil rights and social justice, Benjamin Crump has worked on some of the most important and contentious cases of our time, including Trayvon Martin, who was killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer; Michael Brown, killed by a police officer; the precedent-setting Supreme Court case involving excessive force against Robbie Tolan; Stephon Clark, the unarmed man fatally shot by a police officer; and Danny Ray Thomas, also the victim of a fatal police shooting. A fierce and passionate advocate for America’s most marginalized, Crump is firm believer that the Constitution – and its legal protections – covers all Americans, not just those privileged by race, wealth, or pedigree. Taking audiences inside his most notable cases, Crump shares how he came to dedicate his career to serving those most in need, and what inspires him to uphold the Constitution — for all Americans.

Crump served as the 73rd President of the National Bar Association and is the current President of the National Civil Rights Trial Lawyers Association. He was the first African-American to chair the Florida State University College of Law Board of Directors and currently serves on the Innocence Project Board of Directors.

Crump has been recognized by a multitude of esteemed organizations with awards including the NAACP Thurgood Marshall Award, the SCLC Martin Luther King Servant Leader Award, the American Association for Justice Johnnie Cochran Award, and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Eleanor Roosevelt Medallion for Service.

He hosted critically acclaimed legal docu-dramas Evidence of Innocence on TVOne and Who Killed Tupac: The Search For Justice on A&E, and appeared in the 2018 documentary Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story. In 2018, Crump launched Brooklyn Media, a production company that creates scripted narrative content for film, TV and digital media with a focus on stories of injustice, inequality and civil rights. He is also the executive producer of the groundbreaking documentary, Woman in Motion, about Nichelle Nichols, one of the first African-American TV actresses. Crump is a frequent contributor to HuffPost Black Voices, CNN, and USA Today.

His upcoming book, Open Season: Legalized Genocide of People of Color, reflects on the landmark cases he has battled, and how discrimination in the courthouse devastates real families and communities. It is scheduled for publication October, 2019.

The principal and owner of Ben Crump Law, Crump is a graduate of Florida State University and received his law degree from FSU College of Law.

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