LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pa. – Lincoln University President Brenda A. Allen announced today renowned civil rights and personal injury attorney Benjamin Crump will speak at the 161st Commencement. The date for the ceremony—postponed from May 3 because of the pandemic— has yet to be announced.
“Now more than ever, the vision and voices of advocates for social justice must be heard,” said Allen. “Mr. Crump’s persistence, passion, and leadership on civil rights exemplify what we teach students: to focus their energy on bringing constructive change to the society in which we live.”
Selected for this honor by the faculty and approved by the Board of Trustees, Crump will also receive an honorary Doctor of Laws. Three recipients will receive honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees: Nelson Henry Jr. (posthumously), Dr. Leonard Bethel, and Emery Wimbish.
About Benjamin Crump
Crump has established himself as one of the nation’s foremost lawyers and advocates for social justice. He has successfully battled to protect constitutional rights at the local, state, and federal levels, using his advocacy skills and the high profile of the cases to provide a voice to those long silenced and hope to those pushed to the outside. He is the founder and principal owner of Ben Crump Law.
Crump has represented clients in some of the most high-profile cases in the United States, including Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown. Crump is currently representing the family of George Floyd.
Crump was born in Lumberton, North Carolina. He graduated from Florida State
University and received his law degree from FSU College of Law.