Click to Open Search Bar

Aswad Thomas

Chief of Organizing & National Director of Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice

  Categories:
REQUEST BOOKING INFORMATION

 Aswad Thomas Biography

Aswad Thomas was born in Hartford, CT but spent most of his childhood years in Highland Park, Michigan, a city within Detroit, Michigan. He grew up in a single-parent home along with four older brothers. He lived in two communities riddled with systematic and personal barriers that didn’t provide him with many opportunities to succeed in life. They were, and still are, poverty-stricken communities that provides little to no hope for young men of color. As the youngest child in his family, he watched as three of his older brothers and their friends walked the path of destruction. As he viewed the paths that their lives were taking, he promised himself that he wasn’t going to do the same. Thomas went on to excel in the classroom and on the basketball court.

As a junior at Elms College, Thomas helped lead the men’s basketball team to the program’s first-ever and school’s first-ever victory in NCAA Division III Championship play. As a senior, he was named First Team All-New England Collegiate Conference (NECC), was the NCAA Division III Statistical Champion in steals per game (4.6), ranked seventh nationally in assists (7.2), and helped the Blazers to their best-ever national ranking (12). He received the Dr. Joachim Froehlich Award, Elms College Most Prestigious award for achieving athletic and academic excellence, understanding the College’s mission and inspiring his teammates and coaches in Basketball.

On May 6, 2009, He became the first male in his family to graduate from College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. Three months later he was on his way to play professional basketball in Europe.

On August 24, 2009, Thomas was just three weeks from going to Europe to play professional basketball when his life changed forever. Thomas became a victim of gun violence. As he left a convenience store in his neighborhood, two men approached him with intent on robbing him. After a brief scuffle eight shots were fired at him as he tried to run back into the store. Two bullets pierced through his back, collapsing his lungs, dislocating his shoulder, and just missing his spinal cord and aorta by inches. These two near-fatal gunshots to his back ended his basketball career and nearly killed him. He was released from the hospital back into the same community where the incident happened with little support to recover mentally and physically.

After years of physical and emotional pain, he started a new chapter in his life by becoming one of nation's most outspoken supporters of additional resources for survivors of gun violence in urban communities, and has been a leader in building coalitions across racial lines to address justice reform and gun violence prevention. This has included Thomas’s founding of Hartford Action, a grassroots organization working to empower communities to change policy and improve the relationship between the Greater Hartford community and the justice system.

In October 2014, Thomas was inducted into the Elms College Athletic Hall of Fame and delivered the keynote speech at the Elms College Fall Semester Academic Convocation. U.S. Rep. John Lewis delivered the keynote speech at the school’s commencement ceremony. Two African-American Men that made history at Elms College by delivering powerful speeches that started and ended the 2014-2015 academic year at Elms College.

In 2015, Thomas graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work with a Masters Degree in Social Work and later made history in Connecticut by becoming the first student to ever win the NASW-CT Chapter Social Worker of the Year award, while still being enrolled in school.

Thomas’s story was featured in the New York Times, Time Magazine, The Hill, New Yorker Magazine, NBC LX, NBC Nightly News, Huff Post, Chicago Tribune, The Trace, Detroit Free Press, The Guardian, VICE, The Marshall Project, and dozens of other media outlets.

Thomas currently serves as the Managing Director at Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice, a flagship project of Alliance for Safety and Justice; He is organizing a national network of crime survivors to include those most commonly affected by violence (including young men and women of color) to help elevate those voices in local, state and federal policymaking debates.

Thomas received a MSW, with a concentration in Community Organizing and focused area of study in Urban Issues, from the University of Connecticut, and a B.A. in Business Management from Elms College.

Videos
FAQs
  • HOW TO BOOK Aswad Thomas?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Aswad Thomas for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Aswad Thomas, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Aswad Thomas or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Aswad Thomas?

    Booking fees for Aswad Thomas, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Aswad Thomas, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Aswad Thomas?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Aswad Thomas for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Aswad Thomas for your next private or corporate function.
  • WHAT IS A FULL-SERVICE TALENT BOOKING AGENCY?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Aswad Thomas or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Aswad Thomas or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
Check Availability

Tell us about your event!

During normal business hours, we respond to most inquiries within 4 hours.

Users also viewed these speakers:

This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent, and wish to request removal from this catalog or report an issue with your profile, please click here.

Aswad Thomas

Chief of Organizing & National Director of Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice

Travels From:
Atlanta, GA, USA
Speaking Fee:

Aswad Thomas Biography

Aswad Thomas was born in Hartford, CT but spent most of his childhood years in Highland Park, Michigan, a city within Detroit, Michigan. He grew up in a single-parent home along with four older brothers. He lived in two communities riddled with systematic and personal barriers that didn’t provide him with many opportunities to succeed in life. They were, and still are, poverty-stricken communities that provides little to no hope for young men of color. As the youngest child in his family, he watched as three of his older brothers and their friends walked the path of destruction. As he viewed the paths that their lives were taking, he promised himself that he wasn’t going to do the same. Thomas went on to excel in the classroom and on the basketball court.

As a junior at Elms College, Thomas helped lead the men’s basketball team to the program’s first-ever and school’s first-ever victory in NCAA Division III Championship play. As a senior, he was named First Team All-New England Collegiate Conference (NECC), was the NCAA Division III Statistical Champion in steals per game (4.6), ranked seventh nationally in assists (7.2), and helped the Blazers to their best-ever national ranking (12). He received the Dr. Joachim Froehlich Award, Elms College Most Prestigious award for achieving athletic and academic excellence, understanding the College’s mission and inspiring his teammates and coaches in Basketball.

On May 6, 2009, He became the first male in his family to graduate from College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. Three months later he was on his way to play professional basketball in Europe.

On August 24, 2009, Thomas was just three weeks from going to Europe to play professional basketball when his life changed forever. Thomas became a victim of gun violence. As he left a convenience store in his neighborhood, two men approached him with intent on robbing him. After a brief scuffle eight shots were fired at him as he tried to run back into the store. Two bullets pierced through his back, collapsing his lungs, dislocating his shoulder, and just missing his spinal cord and aorta by inches. These two near-fatal gunshots to his back ended his basketball career and nearly killed him. He was released from the hospital back into the same community where the incident happened with little support to recover mentally and physically.

After years of physical and emotional pain, he started a new chapter in his life by becoming one of nation's most outspoken supporters of additional resources for survivors of gun violence in urban communities, and has been a leader in building coalitions across racial lines to address justice reform and gun violence prevention. This has included Thomas’s founding of Hartford Action, a grassroots organization working to empower communities to change policy and improve the relationship between the Greater Hartford community and the justice system.

In October 2014, Thomas was inducted into the Elms College Athletic Hall of Fame and delivered the keynote speech at the Elms College Fall Semester Academic Convocation. U.S. Rep. John Lewis delivered the keynote speech at the school’s commencement ceremony. Two African-American Men that made history at Elms College by delivering powerful speeches that started and ended the 2014-2015 academic year at Elms College.

In 2015, Thomas graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work with a Masters Degree in Social Work and later made history in Connecticut by becoming the first student to ever win the NASW-CT Chapter Social Worker of the Year award, while still being enrolled in school.

Thomas’s story was featured in the New York Times, Time Magazine, The Hill, New Yorker Magazine, NBC LX, NBC Nightly News, Huff Post, Chicago Tribune, The Trace, Detroit Free Press, The Guardian, VICE, The Marshall Project, and dozens of other media outlets.

Thomas currently serves as the Managing Director at Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice, a flagship project of Alliance for Safety and Justice; He is organizing a national network of crime survivors to include those most commonly affected by violence (including young men and women of color) to help elevate those voices in local, state and federal policymaking debates.

Thomas received a MSW, with a concentration in Community Organizing and focused area of study in Urban Issues, from the University of Connecticut, and a B.A. in Business Management from Elms College.

Aswad Thomas Videos

  • Criminal Justice Reform Perspectives
  • Survivors Speak Ohio 2019 - Aswad Thomas' Story
  • Aswad Thomas | We Are Witnesses | The Marshall Project - YouTube

FAQs on booking Aswad Thomas

  • How to book Aswad Thomas?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Aswad Thomas for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Aswad Thomas, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Aswad Thomas or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Aswad Thomas?

    Booking fees for Aswad Thomas, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Aswad Thomas, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Aswad Thomas?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Aswad Thomas for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Aswad Thomas for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Aswad Thomas or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Aswad Thomas or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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 available upon request. 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 James Bell, Reality Allah, James Anderson, Judge Greg Mathis and Mike Africa, Jr.. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Aswad Thomas for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Aswad Thomas Speaker Videos

  • Criminal Justice Reform Perspectives
    Survivors Speak Ohio 2019 - Aswad Thomas' Story
  • Aswad Thomas | We Are Witnesses | The Marshall Project - YouTube

Tell us about your event!

During normal business hours, we respond to most inquiries within 4 hours.

  • Customized Service

    Our agents find the right fit for your event

  • Unparalleled Database

    Full access to all speakers & celebrities

  • One Stop Shopping

    A reliable and unbiased point of contact

  • Logistics Management

    Your personal Logistics Manager who takes care of all event details

Speakers Similar to Aswad Thomas

This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent, and wish to request removal from this catalog or report an issue with your profile, please click here.

TOP