Maurquez Thompson has been accepted into the ACLU National Advocacy Institute.
One of four valedictorians from Brainerd High School's class of 2023, he will be engaging directly with ACLU lawyers, lobbyists, community activists, and other experts "who tirelessly work to defend the civil rights and civil liberties critical to a free and open society."
During his time at the institute, he will participate in a range of activities designed to deepen his understanding of issue advocacy, legal strategy, and real-world political decision-making.
Through classroom sessions, lectures, site visits, and policy discussions, he will gain valuable insights into the complex nature of advocating for social change. With the program based in Atlanta. He will have the unique advantage of witnessing first-hand the inner workings of a progressive city and engaging with influential figures shaping the nation's laws and policies.
The ACLU National Advocacy Institute equips emerging leaders with the necessary knowledge, skills, and tools to effect lasting change in their communities. The institute aims to protect and uphold civil rights and liberties for all by empowering young activists.
He said, "I am deeply honored to be accepted into the ACLU National Advocacy Institute. This opportunity will allow me to learn from experienced professionals dedicated to defending civil rights. I am excited to acquire new knowledge and skills to take to the Stanford University campus in the fall. I hope to create a lasting impact and begin my journey toward Federal Judgeship. I thank NAACP President Rev. Ann Jones-Pierre and my mentor Marie Mott for connecting me to this amazing opportunity."