A leading voice on race, leadership and free speech issues, Bankole Thompson is a nationally renowned journalist whose work has been noted for its glaring contributions in the continuing fight for racial equality and economic justice. Thompson is a twice-a-week op-ed columnist at The Detroit News. His column deals with presidential politics and culture, public opinion and leadership, social and economic issues. Thompson is also the editor-in-chief of The PuLSE Institute, the Detroit-based independent anti-poverty think tank. University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library in 2015, established the “Bankole Thompson Papers,” a comprehensive physical and digital collection to preserve his work for students and scholars. Thompson in 2018, was honored with the “Let Freedom Ring Award,” on MLK Day by the Rainbow PUSH Coalition for his writings which according to the organization reflects the dream of Martin Luther King Jr. for a just society.
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