Race Relations

Transitions Legal welcomes columnist and cultural critic Bankole Thompson 

Alisa Peskin-Shepherd and Bankole Thompson

On February 16th, we welcomed Bankole Thompson to our monthly Take Action Lunch and Learn series for a new conversation to improve race relations. 

Bankole Thompson is a multidimensional journalist and author. He is an Opinion Columnist at The Detroit News where he writes a twice-a-week column on politics, culture and social issues. His column appears on the Op-Ed Page on Mondays and in the Think Section on Thursdays. His columns prick the conscience of the powerful and the ordinary dealing with all issues within the body politic including leadership, diversity, racial justice, inclustion, etc.

In writing his columns, Thompson relies on varied experiences covering the struggles of everyday people to interviewing powerful figures including former President Barack Obama. 

Thompson hosts “Redline with Bankole Thompson” on Super Station 910 AM weekdays from 12:00-2:00 p.m.

In recognition of his outstanding journalistic work, the University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library in 2015 established a collection in his name called the “Bankole Thompson Papers,” to preserve his work for students and scholars. 

In view of his commitment, leadership and breakthrough journalism on issues of racial justice and bridge building, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Metropolitan Detroit presented him in 2015 with an award called “Tzedakah” at its Annual Meeting at the Max Fisher Federation Building in Bloomfield Hills.