Activist, Attorney, Author, and Speaker
Craig Thompson is a highly sought after speaker who brings a unique perspective to topics like leadership, goal setting and self-esteem. He has spoken throughout the country at churches, schools, colleges and to civic organizations.
A native of Baltimore and a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, Thompson holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, and a second Bachelor of Arts Degree in Afro-American Studies. He is also a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law.
The dynamic young attorney has received a number of awards and citations reflecting his accomplishments, including WNUV's (Channel 54) "Proud and Positive Award. He graduated from the prestigious Leadership Program sponsored by the Greater Baltimore Committee. In honor of Thompson's accomplishments, former Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke designated May 23, 1992 as "Craig Anthony Thompson Day" in the city of Baltimore. He was featured in the Baltimore Business Journal as one of 40 emerging leaders under the age of 40 in the state of Maryland. He was also profiled in Jubilee magazine as one of Baltimore's "Talented Tenth," and received an "Emerging Leader" award from The Monumental City Bar Association. He also received the 2001 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award from the University of Maryland at College Park. In 2005, Craig was honored by receiving a "Leadership in Law" award from the Daily Record, and in 2006, he was named "Alumnus of the Year" by the BLSA organization at the University of Maryland School of Law.
Thompson is currently a partner with Venable, LLP, recognized as one of the AmLaw top 100 law firms in the country. He is also president of Thompson Communications, an educational consulting firm.
Craig's first children's book, The ABCs of Black History: A Children's Guide, was published in January 2005.His other two published books include the anthology The Million Man March, and Tough Love: The Life and Death of Tupac Shakur.
Thompson is a tireless contributor to the community, serving on the Board of Directors of the University of Maryland School of Law Alumni Association, The Great Blacks in Wax Museum, and the Hospice of Baltimore.
Hosting a weekly two-way talk radio show, "The Front Page," he has been recognized by the Association of Black Media Workers as the Best Public Affairs Host (radio) in the region.
For six years, Thompson also hosted a weekly television talk show, "Profiles with Craig Thompson" on WUTB-24 in Baltimore. Craig and his wife, Deborah, are the proud parents of two beautiful daughters, Delaney and Dana, and a handsome son, Carter.