Toni Smith-Thompson joined the New York Civil Liberties Union in 2011 and is currently a senior organizer, focusing on campaigns to undo systems of racial injustice in education. She is currently working on the NYCLU’s efforts to eliminate school suspensions and arrests, address New York’s extremely segregated schools, affirm students’ First Amendment right to engage in protests and protect student privacy.
After sparking national debate in 2003 over her protest during the national anthem at college basketball games, Toni built a career in the non-profit sector, addressing social justice issues through direct service, organizing and policy reform.
Toni is an outspoken advocate and activist who speaks and writes on issues of equity and justice. She graduated from Manhattanville College with a degree in sociology.