Longtime judge wins NAACP award - WNEM TV 5

Longtime judge wins NAACP award

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A local judge who spent decades in Mid-Michigan putting away bad guys and serving the community will soon be honored by the local NAACP chapter for his work in the area.

"I'm very proud and humbled by getting this award from them," said M.T. Thompson, NAACP honoree.

He said it's a privilege to be an honoree for the Saginaw County NAACP Freedom Fund Gala.

For two decades he served as a district judge.

"I wanted to become part of that system to see if we could make some changes and did what I could do," Thompson said.

He is a Saginaw native and graduated from Saginaw High School. He spent 20 years as a judge in Saginaw County and devoted a lot of time to helping young people in the community.

"I wanted to come back at some point and say to kids like me who grew up on the east side, who didn't have a lot growing up, that they could go off to school, get a good education and if they were willing to work hard, they could be a success," Thompson said.

He visited local schools to conduct real life court proceedings. He also led a youth development program called Project Future.

"Having 350 kids bused each Saturday morning to Ruben Daniels Middle School. Using the crime prevention program my daughter and I developed with them," Thompson said.

This will be the second time he received an award from the Saginaw County NAACP. He won a community service award with his daughter for Project Future in 2010.

"It's a humbling, but very satisfying experience," Thompson said.

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