Bankole Thompson is a thought leader, gifted orator and a multi-contextual speaker whose thought provoking and critical presentations continue to place him before some of the nation’s leading organizations and groups as a keynote speaker and before schools as a commencement speaker.
Thompson in his keynote presentations addresses key issues at the heart of America’s social advancement such as diversity, role of the media, multiculturalism, equity, leadership and identity, and how these issues are weaved into today’s policy framework in our body politic.
In June of 2012, Thompson delivered the keynote address at the American Jewish Committee (AJC) Distinguished Leadership Award Dinner at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, MI.
Thompson’s well-received address before the AJC, billed as the premier Jewish organization in the U.S founded in 1906, and described by former France President Nicolas Sarkozy as “the most influential and most respected of American Jewish organizations,” was titled “In Search of Crossover Emancipation,” during which he called for more alliances among the Jewish and African American communities.
In January of 2012, Thompson, addressed the University of Michigan Law School Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, where he challenged students at one of the nation’s premier law schools to make to become lawyers who will be a force for good by fighting for equity for all.
Delivering the keynote address at Henry Ford Health System’s 2012 Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, Thompson, told the standing room only auditorium of medical professionals to live the true meaning of Dr. King’s dream of changing the world one person at a time.
In 2012, Thompson, was among a group of national thought leaders who were invited to take part in the “Opportunity Nation Summit” at Wayne County Community College District to speak on the impact of race in education and other hot button issues around a multicultural America.
In 2012, Thompson, delivered the keynote address at the induction ceremony for more than 200 students of Wayne County Community College District Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.
In 2012, Thompson, delivered the commencement address at Peterson Warren Academy High School.
In October of 2011, Bankole Thompson, delivered the keynote address at the NAACP 98th Freedom Fund Dinner in Providence, Rhode Island, during which he challenged the nation’s oldest civil rights organization to build coalitions to confront today’s challenges.
“You can no longer fight the battles on your own,” Thompson said in Rhode Island urging the NAACP to form new alliances to tackle issues that threaten civil and human rights.
In 2011, Thompson spoke at the Federal Bench/Bar Conference for the Eastern District of Michigan on “Media and the Law,” where he discussed the role of the media in covering the courts, jury diversity and other critical issues before a packed room of lawyers and federal judges.
In 2011, Thompson delivered the keynote address at Children’s Hospital of Michigan Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration.
In 2010, Thompson, spoke at the Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference Forum on “Advancing the Civil Rights Agenda,” where he spoke about the role of the media in covering civil rights issues at the Washington DC Convention Center.
In 2010, Thompson, addressed Amnesty International Midwest
Bankole Thompson has addressed the following organizations, churches and institutions such as the Jewish Council for Public Affairs Leadership Conference, New St. Paul Tabernacle Church of God in Christ, Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, Second Grace United Methodist Church, University of Michigan-Dearborn, University of Iowa, Wayne State University, Opportunity Nation Summit, Detroit Regional Chamber’s Leadership Detroit Program, National Partnership for Community Leadership Conference on Black Males at Morehouse College, Marygrove College, Eastern Michigan University etc.
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