Justin Hansford is a Howard University law professor and Executive Director of the new Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center. He is a leading scholar and activist in the areas of critical race theory, human rights, and law and social movements. He is a co-author of the forthcoming Seventh Edition of Race, Racism and American Law, the celebrated legal textbook that was the first casebook published specifically for teaching race related law courses. He represented the family of Marcus Garvey is their push for a posthumous pardon for his wrongful conviction for mail fraud, and he served as a Fulbright scholar in South Africa, studying the Nelson Mandela’s work as a lawyer.

In the wake of the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, which sparked the Black Lives Matter Movement, Hansford worked to empower the community through legal advocacy. He represented Ferguson protesters and the Mike Brown family at the United Nations, and has continued to speak out against police violence in local, national, and international forums.

We are proud of his achievement and we name him Most Influential 100 Class of 2018 Humanitarian and Religious category.