September 7, 2020

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump to speak at Thursday (Sept. 10) event

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Ben Crump, one of America’s foremost civil rights lawyers and an advocate for social justice, will be the featured guest speaker at 7 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 10) in the “Pursuing Racial Justice Together” series by Purdue University’s Division of Diversity and Inclusion.

Crump represents the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Nakia Jones, Danny Ray Thomas and Stephon Clark in civil rights cases.  He also represents the residents of Flint, Michigan, in addressing the water quality crisis facing the city.

Venetria K. Patton, head of Purdue’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies, will moderate this event. Crump will discuss his professional experiences as an attorney surrounding racial injustice and inequities in the United States.

Those interested may visit the program’s website and register for virtual tickets and admission instructions. Deadline for registration is 3 p.m. the day of the event.

Writer, Media contact: Matthew Oates, 765-586-7496 (cell),, @mo_oates

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