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Prominent Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump Condemns Hatred and Violence at the NAACP Dinner

Syracuse, NY — National Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump, known as the “Black American Attorney-General,” accused hatred, racism, and violence in his speech Thursday night.

Crump gave a keynote speech in front of more than 200 people at the 43rd Syracuse Onondaga County NAACP Freedom Fund Awards Dinner in Ramada by Wyndham of Liverpool.

The lawyer was George by 10 blacks killed in a Buffalo supermarket on May 14, 19 children and two teachers shot in a Texas classroom earlier this week, and a two-year Minneapolis police officer. I talked about the killing of Floyd. Before this week.

“We are all heavy,” he said. “Because meaningless violence continues throughout the United States, meaningless violence takes too many innocent people from this planet too quickly in a terrifying way.”

Through his speech, the crowded ballroom often applauded and stood up from the chair all at once.

“We only want what the Constitution promises to all Americans,” Crump said. “We must tell the truth to power whenever we have the opportunity to do so. Even if our knees are shaking, we must tell the truth to power.”

With offices in Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Tallahassee and Sacramento, Crump has represented the families of George Floyd, Breona Taylor and Armorbury. He also represented the inhabitants of Flint, Michigan, where the water was polluted with lead.

According to his website, Crump will represent the family of Ruth Whitfield, an 86-year-old woman who was killed in a racist shooting at Buffalo’s tops supermarket.

“I think of those innocent victims, our mother and our father, and our grandparents who were in that grocery store,” he said. “And the way they were killed in the most evil way. I think it could have been one of our mothers, fathers, or grandparents.”

In a speech Thursday night, Crump blamed not only the two 18-year-old men who had mass shootings in Buffalo, Texas and Yuvalde, but also the person responsible for the assault weapons and the company.

“We have to hold the retailers, manufacturers and distributors of these guns accountable,” he said. “What do you think they have to do with buying an 18-year-old AR-15? A gun that can fire 70 shots in less than 20 seconds. What do you think they’re going to do with it?”

He also blamed the rhetoric of hatred, which is believed to have motivated the racist attack by Peyton Gendron in Buffalo.

“That’s far more than what the man did,” Crump said. “It was the people who helped and beat him in committing the murder. They may not have triggered, but they definitely loaded the gun.”

Crump, 52, was born in Lumberton, North Carolina. He graduated from Florida State University and earned a law degree from the FSU Faculty of Law.

He was one of the most influential figures in 2021 by TIME100, one of the most influential African Americans in the Power 100 of Ebony Magazine, one of the Top 100 Attorneys of the National Court, and 2014. Listed as the NNPA Newsmaker of the Year of the Year.

Rev. Al Sharpton called Crump the “Black American Attorney General.”

Crump concludes his speech by encouraging those who have a voice to speak for those who have reached the limit of being unable to speak on their own.

“We can create a better world where all children have the opportunity to live, freedom, the pursuit of happiness, and all the opportunities that America promises to all citizens just because they are American citizens.” I believe, “he said.

National Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump was the keynote speaker for the 43rd Syracuse Onondaga County NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner on Thursday, May 26, 2022 in Liverpool. jmcclendon@syracuse.com

NAACP Award Winners

  • Bella House- Harriott Tabman Freedom Award
  • Onondaga Voting and the Federation of Women Voters- Linda Brown-Robinson and Van B. Robinson Lifetime Achievement Award
  • CNY Latino- Madam CJ Walker Small Business Awards
  • Garland Brothers Funeral Hall- Earl G. Graves Senior Corporate Award
  • Mark Spadafore- A. Philip Randolph Union Award
  • Rama Health Clinic- Oprah Winfrey Charity Award
  • CNY, Inc. Volunteer Lawyer Project- Maye, McKinney & Melchor Freedom and Justice Award
  • Karen Harrison- Mary McLeod Basin Education Award

Staff writer James McClendon covers the latest news, crime and public safety. Do you have tips, story ideas, questions or comments? Do you want to contact him at 914-204-2815 jmcclendon@syracuse.com..