Benjamin Crump

History teaches that grave threats to liberty often come in times of urgency, when constitutional rights seem too extravagant to endure.” -Thurgood Marshall

Benjamin Crump represents clients in some of the most important and contentious cases of our time, taking a place in legal history with his pursuit of justice.

His role in the Trayvon Martin, Martin Lee Anderson Boot Camp, Jannie Ligons (State of Oklahoma vs. Daniel Holtzclaw) and Robbie Tolan cases shows a legacy built around the idea that the Constitution applies to everyone, at every level of society.

Mr. Crump’s passion for advocacy has given him the privilege to fight for justice on behalf of the marginalized in our country, a calling to which he remains dedicated.

Mr. Crump has broken barriers in several legal organizations, serving as the first African-American President of the Federal Bar Association for the Northern District of Florida and the first African-American Chairman of the Florida State University College of Law Board of Directors. He is a member of the American Bar Association, American Association for Justice, The Florida Justice Association, and many other groups dedicated to the law and the pursuit of justice.

Mr. Crump is a frequent speaker and author, having been featured in documentaries like NPR’s “How Lawyer Got Nation Talking About Trayvon Martin,” and BET’s “I Am Trayvon Martin: A Family’s Fight for Justice.” Mr. Crump is also a frequent contributor to Time magazine, discussing many of the civil rights and criminal justice issues African-Americans face today. Mr. Crump will also appear on a television show called “Evidence of Innocence,” which will feature stories about individuals who were wrongfully imprisoned.

He’s received significant recognition for his service in pursuit of civil rights and justice for minorities, being included on prestigious lists like The National Trial Lawyers’ Top 100 Lawyers and Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 Most Influential African Americans. He has also received the National Urban League’s Whitney Young Award, AKA’s Eleanor Roosevelt Award, the NAACP Thurgood Marshall Award, and the SCLC’s Martin Luther King Servant Leader Award.

       

Mr. Crump is heavily involved in his community, having previously endowed scholarships to Florida A&M University, Livingston College, Florida State University, and Bethune Cookman University for minority law students. He also serves as the president and co-founder of MyDad360, a mentoring program for fathers endorsed by Colin Powell and recognized by President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative. He is a Life Member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the NAACP, and the Urban League.

He previously served as the inaugural Board Chairman of Florida’s Big Bend Fair Housing Center, and also served as General Counsel to the Florida State Conference of the NAACP and sat on the boards of the Innocence Project and the Equal Justice Institute.

Mr. Crump was born and raised in Lumberton, North Carolina, and is the oldest of nine siblings and step-siblings. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from Florida State University. He is a congregation member and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. He is married to Dr. Genae Angelique Crump, is the proud father of Brooklyn Zeta Crump, and the guardian of two adopted cousins, Marcus and Chancellor.

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Awards

  • 2016 Freedom Award Recipient – National Civil Rights Museum
  • Eleanor Roosevelt Medallion of Honor – Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • Steven J. Sharp Award – AAJ
  • Henry Latimer Diversity Award – The Florida Bar
  • William Robert Ming Advocacy Award – NAACP
  • Whitney Young Award – National Urban League
  • Ebony Magazine Power 100 – Ebony
  • Root 100 Top Black Influencers –  Named 2012
  • Role Model of the Year – 100 Black Men
  • Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year
  • Nation’s Best Advocate – Activism – National Bar Association
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Servant Leader Award – Southern Christian Leadership Conference
  • AAJ Minority Caucus: Johnnie Cochran Jr. Soaring Eagle Award
  • NBA Impact: 40 Under 40 Nation’s Best Advocate – Activism
  • NBA Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights: Distinguished Advocate
  • NBA Small Firm/Solo Practitioner Esquire Award
  • 5x NBA President Award Winner
  • AAJ: Steven J. Sharp Award
  • Root 100: Top Five Most Influential African-Americans (2012)
  • Root 100: Most Influential African-Americans (2013)
  • Ebony Power 100 Awardee (Top 25) (2012)
  • Omega Psi Phi Centennial Achievement Award (Law)
  • Southern Legal Counsel Lawyer of the Year
  • National Urban League: Leader of Justice Award
  • NAACP Thurgood Marshall Award
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Outstanding Global Leadership Award
  • Delta Sigma Theta Economic Lifetime Township Award
  • 100 Black Men Role Model of the Year
  • SCLC Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award
  • NBLSA Excellence in Activism Award
  • The Florida Bar: Henry J. Latimer Diversity Award
  • American Cancer Society Relay for Life: Chairman’s Award (FL)
  • American Constitutional Society: Lawyer of the Year Award (FL)
  • Florida Civil Rights Association Lawyer of the Year
  • National Black Chamber of Commerce: Advocate of the Year
  • African Methodist Episcopal Sons of Allen: Man of the Year

National Bar Association & Community Involvement

  • NBA Vice-President of Finance (2013-2014)
  • Chaired “NBA Stand Your Ground” Symposium (2012)
  • NBA Board Member-at-Large (1997-1998, 2012-2013)
  • National Bar Institute Board Member (2013 – 2014)
  • NBA Region XI Director (2004)
  • NBA Board of Directors (2000-2002)
  • NBA Chair of the Nominations Committee (2001-2002)
  • NBA Chair of the Elections Committee (1998-2000)
  • Past BLSA Representative to NBA Convention (1995)
  • Past NBA Assistant Parliamentarian
  • 2X Past President of the Tallahassee Barristers Association (NBA Affiliate)
  • 2X Past President of the Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter of the NBA (Chapter of the Year, 2005)
  • Past Director, NBA Region XI (Atlanta Convention)
  • Past Chair, Legal Services of North FL Capital Campaign (Donated $1 million dollars)
  • NBA Crump Law Camp Board Member
  • Past Chairman of the Big Bend Fair Housing Commission
  • 1st African-American President – Fed. Bar Assoc. for the Northern Dist. of FL
  • 1st African-American Chairman of the FSU Law School Board of Directors
  • 1st African-American Chairman of the Tallahassee Airport Authority
  • 1st African-American Chairman, Tallahassee Citizens Utilities Commission
  • 1st African-American recipient of the Philanthropist of the Year from the Association of Fundraising Professionals
  • President of the William Stafford Inns of Court
  • Florida Bar Foundation Board Member
  • Past Chairman, Tallahassee Housing Authority
  • Past National President of FSU Black Alumni Association
  • Past St. and 7th Dist. Counselor for Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (AL, FL, GA, MS)
  • Inaugural Board Chairman of the Internationally Renowned Tallahassee Boys Choir
  • Chaired the ABA National Stand Your Ground Symposium
  • Co-Chaired the Hispanic Bar Association’s Stand Your Ground Committee
  • Has contributed over $250,000 to the NBA through Parks & Crump, LLC

Memberships

  • National Bar Institute
  • National Bar Association (Life Member)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • American Constitutional Society
  • Federal Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar
  • Florida Justice Association
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • NAACP (Life Member)
  • National Urban League (Life Member)
  • Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (Life Member – State, District & Natl.)
  • Sigma Pi Phi Boule
  • Southern Christian Leadership Council
  • 100 Black Men of America (Tallahassee)
  • The Innocence Project
  • Southern Legal Counsel
  • The Children’s Defense Fund
  • Tallahassee Barristers Association
  • African American Chamber of Commerce
  • Michael R. Moore, Lodge 764
  • Free and Accepted Masons, PHA
  • Boys & Girls Club of America
  • The Sickle Cell Foundation, Inc.

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