Who is Ben Crump, the man who represented George Floyd’s family?
Ben Crump has represented the families of Black men and women killed by law enforcement. Here’s what you should know about the high-profile attorney.
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Civil rights attorney Ben Crump brought a star-studded audience of Black celebrities and leaders to their feet with his call to action while being honored as a justice icon at TheGrio Awards this weekend in Los Angeles.
His four-minute speech drew praise on social media from followers and influencers, some saying his words were powerful and inspiring.
It was an honor to accept @theGrio Awards’ Justice Icon trophy in the company of so many Black leaders in our community. This award represents our fight for tomorrow’s future — our children’s future! We will NEVER stop demanding equality and justice! ✊🏾 pic.twitter.com/6rjcSoBDw7
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) November 27, 2022
Crump — dubbed “Black America’s Attorney General” who’s represented families in the racially charged death cases involving George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and others — evoked the words from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“Dr. King concluded that there comes a time when one must take a position that’s neither popular nor politically correct or not even safe,” Crump said. “But that being said, there comes a time when we must take a position because their conscience tells them it is the right thing to do.
“I submit to you at the first annual Grio awards that it is the right thing to do to stand up for our children’s future.”
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The first-ever event is the brainchild of media mogul Byron Allen, owner of TheGrio, which was previously the Tallahassee-headquartered Black News Channel before it was purchased by the Allen Media Group and renamed earlier this year.
During his speech, Crump talked about how he’d get calls from Allen after filing a lawsuit.
If Crump filed a lawsuit for $100 million, Crump said, Allen would say he needed to add another zero to the number.
“I understand so much of what Byron is saying because it really is about raising the value of Black life in America,” said Crump, triggering applause and cheers.
Crump, talking as if he were preaching from the pulpit, grew more impassioned as he talked. He urged the audience and all those listening to fight for “our children’s future” and the importance of what’s at stake if they don’t do more for the Black community.
“We have to be willing to fight for our children’s future until hell freezes over, and then we got to be ready to fight on the ice,” Crump continued.
In an interview with the USA TODAY Network, Crump said he was humbled to be a part of the first class of honorees and how the recognition was a greater incentive to “continue my mission to fight for liberty and justice for all.”
“I hope and pray the speech will be seen as a call to action for us to continue to make issues of civil rights and social justice paramount in American society,” he said. “It’s a journey to justice.”
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