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Aswad Thomas

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Vice President of the Alliance for Safety and Justice; National Director of Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice

Aswad Thomas

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5 out of 5

Vice President of the Alliance for Safety and Justice; National Director of Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice

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Atlanta, GA, USA
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Aswad Thomas Biography

Aswad Thomas is the current Vice President of the Alliance for Safety and Justice (ASJ), National Director of ASJ’s flagship project, Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice (CSSJ), and the author of a book titled, “The Stars Represent You and Me.”

As an African American male, and a surviving victim of violence, Thomas is well aware of the impacts of trauma and loss that many, in communities across the country have experienced and continue to live with. In 2009, he became the first male in his family to graduate from college. He was just three weeks from going to Europe, to play professional basketball, when he became a victim of gun violence. Two near-fatal gunshots to his back, not only ended his basketball career, but nearly ended his life. Driven by this traumatic experience, and his passion for helping others learn to deal with their own trauma, Thomas has dedicated his life to organizing communities, and helping to elevate the voices of those victims and their families, through both state and federal policymaking debates. Thomas has become one of the country's leading policy experts on gun violence, criminal justice reform, and a leader in building coalitions across racial lines to advance safety. In his role, Thomas is dedicated to expanding ASJ’s national network of crime survivors, to include those most commonly affected by violence, most notably, young men of color.

Thomas' story has been featured in the New York Times, Time Magazine, The Hill, New Yorker Magazine, NBC LX, NBC Nightly News, Huff Post, Chicago Tribune, Yahoo News, The Trace, Detroit Free Press, Hartford Courant, The Guardian, VICE, The Marshall Project, and dozens of other media outlets. He was recently named one of The Root’s 100 most influential African Americans of 2021.

Thomas received a Master's of Social Work, with a concentration in Community Organizing, and a focused area of study on Urban Issues, from the University of Connecticut and a B.A., in Business Management from Elms College.

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Aswad Thomas Videos

  • 2022 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Candlelight Vigil
  • 2019 Smart on Crime Conference
  • Survivors Speak Ohio 2019 - Aswad Thomas' Story

Aswad Thomas Books

  • The Stars Represent You and Me
    The Stars Represent You and Me

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Aswad Thomas is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Aswad Thomas for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Aswad Thomas generally travels from Atlanta, GA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Matt Bennett, Eva Maria Lewis, Susan Burton, Reality Allah and Jose Osuna. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Aswad Thomas for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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