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Civil Rights Attorney and Social Justice Advocate Ben Crump to Deliver 2022 Fall Commencement Address

Attorney Ben Crump

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) will host its 166th commencement ceremony on Friday, December 9, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. (processional begins at 9:45 a.m.) at the Pine Bluff Convention Center and will livestream the ceremony via YouTube. Renowned civil rights and personal injury attorney Benjamin Crump will serve as commencement speaker.

Listed among the Most Influential People of 2021 by TIME100, Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 Most Influential African Americans, and The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers, Ben Crump is one of the nation’s foremost lawyers and advocates for social justice. He is founder and principal owner of Ben Crump Law and has successfully battled to protect constitutional rights at the local, state, and federal levels.

Crump has represented clients in some of the most high-profile cases in the United States, including the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Danny Ray Thomas, and Stephon Clark. Crump represented nine of the 13 Black women who were victims in the Holtzclaw Oklahoma City Police rape case and worked on the precedent-setting U.S. Supreme Court case involving excessive police force against Robbie Tolan.

Most recently, Crump has represented the families of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, the residents of Flint, Michigan in the water crisis, and the family of Henrietta Lacks in a landmark reparations case. Lacks’ cells were taken without her knowledge or approval and continue to be used in research around the world since 1951.

In 2019, Crump published “Open Season: Legalized Genocide of Colored People.” He is a frequent contributor to MSNBC, CNN, and USA Today.