Out50: JT Thompson

JT Thompson

Key West’s JT Thompson is an artist and graphic designer. He’s also working to make the world a better place with One Human Family.

It’s an all-volunteer non-profit with a simple message: “We are all different —like fingers on a hand —but also a part of each other. Like fingers on a hand, we are designed by our Creator to work together as one.” Its slogan is “All People Are Created Equal Under One Human Family.”

It’s the official philosophy of Key West and Monroe County and the mantra is now global. 

“I have given out over 3 million free stickers and 250,000 free wristbands to virtually every country on the planet,” Thompson said. “Teachers use it in classes; corporations use it in diversity training. The Dalai Lama and Pope Francis have also written about it. President [Barack] Obama used it several times in speeches.”

One Human Family is not affiliated with any business, government, or religion. It started more than 40 years ago when Thompson attended an Anti-Anita Bryant rally in Los Angeles. He marched alongside the NAACP. 

“I was impressed how they were there to support a different segment of society and realized that when minorities stand shoulder-to-shoulder, we become a powerful force for change,” Thompson said.

— Denise Royal 

 

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