Rev. Mark Thompson

Senior Advisory Committee


The Rev. Mark A. Thompson spent half of his life as a political activist in the Washington, DC, before relocating to New York City in 2010.  His civil rights/political organizing includes:


      the 1984 and 1988 Jesse Jackson presidential campaigns

      the movement forcing Georgetown University to divest from apartheid South Africa in 1985

      KIAMSHA, the 1990 student protest and boycott at the University of the District of Columbia, for which he was named one of the "100 Most Powerful People in Washington" by Regardie’s magazine

      defeating the Congressionally-imposed ballot initiative forcing the death penalty on the District of Columbia in 1992

      weekly civil disobedience on Capitol Hill--for which Mark was jailed for 20 days--that helped win the first-ever Congressional vote on DC Statehood in 1993

      the Umoja Party, the last Black political party with ballot-status in the U.S. from 1994-2000

      the Million Man March in 1995, which Mark emceed

      every anniversary of the March on Washington, each of which Mark emceed

      joining Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Dick Gregory, Joe Madison and journalist Gary Webb in 1996 to expose the CIA’s role in the crack cocaine epidemic

      the 2004 Al Sharpton Presidential Campaign

      the NAACP Police Task Force from 1996 - 2010

      the 2017 Womens March


Radio & TV Host, Political Analyst and Commentator; graduate of the University of the District of Columbia,  Mark was honored at the 104th Annual NAACP Convention in Orlando in July 2013 “for 25 years of crusading journalism and outstanding leadership in furthering the work of civil and human rights.” Mark is a frequent analyst and commentator on cable news.


Mark’s began his broadcast career in 1988 with Radio One, Inc. under the guidance of owner Cathy Hughes, for whom the Howard University School of Communications is now named, and the very building in which Mark was born when it was formerly Freedmen’s Hospital. Mark began as a news correspondent for WOL-AM, which once featured the renowned Petey Greene. When Hughes tapped Mark to host her popular morning show, she hired Dick Gregory to be his co-host.


Mark anchored coverage of the dedication of the MLK Memorial. He broadcast Occupy Wall Street live, on location from New York's Zuccotti Park. His ministry, broadcasting and activism have taken him to the streets of Sanford, Florida, Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore, Maryland in the aftermath of the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Freddie Gray. In 2013, at a Moral Monday led by The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber and the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP, he was arrested and jailed live on air. He broadcast from Johannesburg and Soweto during the first-ever democratic elections in 1994 in South Africa, where he received the name, Matsimela Mapfumo, which means “firmly rooted soldier.” He has broadcast from every Democratic National Convention since 1992. For the past ten years, Mark has been the only broadcaster to provide gavel-to-gavel coverage of the NAACP Annual Convention. He has also broadcast from the annual Womens March since 2017.


Mark attended the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service before earning his Bachelor’s in Journalism from the University of the District of Columbia. He earned his Masters in Divinity from Howard University.


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