Posted on January 26, 2023

Civil-Rights Attorney Ben Crump Threatens to Sue DeSantis for Rejecting AP African-American Studies Course

Ari Blaff, National Review, January 26, 2023

During a rally held in the Florida state Capitol building on Wednesday, civil-rights attorney Ben Crump threatened to sue the DeSantis administration if Governor DeSantis does not reverse course and allow a newly proposed Advanced Placement African-American Studies course to be taught in the state as proposed, without the modifications that Florida Republicans have demanded .

“We’re here to give notice to Gov. DeSantis that if he does not negotiate with the College Board to allow AP African American Studies to be taught in the classrooms across the state of Florida, that these three young people will be the lead plaintiffs,” Crump told the crowd gathered at the “Stop the Black Attack” rally.

Crump’s threat comes just days after DeSantis decided to reject the pilot AP program because it was “inexplicably contrary to Florida law and significantly lacks educational value.”

A draft of the curriculum first obtained by National Review revealed that the draft promoted the idea that color-blindness is a form of covert racism.

News of the DeSantis government withholding approval of the course’s curriculum drew the ire of the Biden administration. Karine Jeanne-Pierre, the White House press secretary, called the decision “incomprehensible.”


Crump has established a reputation as a prominent civil-rights attorney by representing mostly black victims and their families in high-profile police shooting cases.