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William Alvin Thomas, Jr.

Gender: Male

Ethnicity: African-American

Biographical/Historical note:

William A. "Bill" Thomas, Jr., was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, on December 15, 1942. He graduated from Dudley High School in 1961 and then attended North Carolina A&T State University. As a senior in high school, Thomas was president of the youth chapter of the NAACP and helped to form the Greensboro chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). He headed the local CORE chapter until 1963 and also served as a national field secretary during the summer of 1963.

As chairman and an executive officer of Greensboro CORE, Thomas was involved in planning activities such as pickets, demonstrations, and boycotts and was a liason with national CORE leaders James Farmer and Floyd McKissick. He also met with and participated in negotiations with local business, social, and political leaders, as well as the governor and U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy.

Thomas graduated from A&T in 1966 and went on to earn a law degree from Rutgers. He practiced law in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and is active in both the Urban League and the NAACP.

Items created by this individual or group:
Item thumbnail image Oral history interview with William Thomas Jr. by Eugene Pfaff
Date: July 5, 1979
By: William Alvin Thomas, Jr.
From: GreensboroVOICES Collection

In this transcript of a July 5, 1979, oral history interview conducted by Eugene Pfaff with William Thomas Jr., Thomas provides details of the formation of the Greensboro chapter of CORE and the pr...

Item thumbnail image Oral history interview with William Thomas Jr. by Eugene Pfaff
Date: August 13, 1982
By: William Alvin Thomas, Jr.
From: GreensboroVOICES Collection

In this transcript of a August 13, 1982, oral history interview conducted by Eugene Pfaff with William Thomas Jr., Thomas discusses the relationships between the local CORE chapter and the national...

Item thumbnail image Oral History Interview with William Thomas Jr. by William Chafe
Date: 1975
By: William Alvin Thomas, Jr.
From: William Henry Chafe Oral History Collection

This transcript of an oral history interview by William Chafe circa 1975 with William Thomas Jr. primarily documents Thomas’ involvement in the 1963 demonstrations in Greensboro, North Carolina. To...