M'Balia, Tim, Stephan (2009)
James ("Tim") Virgen Thomas, Jr.
  • 71 years old
  • Date of birth: May 20, 1944
  • Place of birth:
    Augusta, Georgia, United States
  • Date of passing: Apr 11, 2016
  • Place of passing:
    Oakland, California, United States
Now renegades are the people with their own philosophies They change the course of history Everyday people like you and me We're the renegades we're the people With our own philosophies We change the course of history Everyday people like you and me.

This memorial website was created in memory of our Dad, James (Tim) Virgen Thomas, Jr., 71, born on May 20, 1944 and passed away on April 11, 2016. We will remember him forever.

Plans are being made for a memorial gathering in Oakland in June. In the meantime, we invite you to leave your remembrances, photos, poems, condolences, expressions of love, gratitude, memories and wild and crazy stories here on this memorial site. 

M'Balia Thomas and Stephan Thomas 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Mark Prudowsky on 22nd May 2016

"First met brother Tim in August of '79 in Chi. New in town, I arrived at his home across the street from Verson Press. He was seated at his dining room table and we were about to have a meeting. We did, for some two hours at which time I asked him, "Hey, do you ever smile?" He looked at me with that glower and said: "Could be. Stick around." Then, I suppose he couldn't help himself, he did.

Something I will always remember about Tim--his concise interpretation of dialectics when we were discussing a problem and how to go about solving it. He'd say, "Let's divide one into two." Or he'd say about a protracted campaign, the complex of tactics and strategy:  "It's a process, not an event."

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, I recall Tim's approach to the grappling with folk he was allied with, but who he felt had violated a political principle. He was quite frank, quite blunt. But always, when Tim valued someone's contribution to the struggle for democratic rights, for revolutionary change, he endeavored to end such a grapple with a hand and heart of friendship."

This tribute was added by Sarah Jarmon on 21st May 2016

"Tim was the most principled and serious revolutionary you could know. He was a wealth of knowledge and a kind soul. I will very much miss working with him and learning from him."

This tribute was added by John Brauer on 20th May 2016

"Tim, missing you and thinking of you on this your birthday. Knew Tim for almost 20 years, first working on homeless issues in Alameda and Oakland and then on other social justice issues in Oakland. He joined my family for holiday meals and we shared May as a birthday month and often went somewhere to have a celebratory meal. He talked often about how proud he was of you, M'balia and Stephan, as you found your way through the world. Will miss you brother, rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Mike Bishop on 12th May 2016

"Tim had tremendous patience to work with and as I put it mentor me these past 9 years. We met doing Katrina solidarity with KSN/PHRF. He was central to keeping the work going for many years on the bay area end, including educating bay area students who thanks to his leadership entered New Orleans with some sense of an analysis.
He was interested in going far. Together. And going by asking questions and offering readings and giving his time. I am a better person to know him.
¡Tim Thomas presente!
Rest in Power"

This tribute was added by Meizhu Lui on 28th April 2016

"It has been an honor to work with Tim over the last few years analyzing how communities and nations of color in the US in the 21st century continue to be suppressed, repressed and oppressed, and how those communities persist, resist, and insist on their right to self-determination. Even as his eyesight was failing, he still had energy for his project of documenting the Black Liberation Movement; it was his way of informing the next generations in that struggle. He was a stalwart in the march toward liberation, and that march continues on."

This tribute was added by Bill Fletcher Jr on 28th April 2016

"We will miss Tim's dedication and his relentlessness in opposing oppression.  We will miss his wisdom and generosity.  Rest easy, my brother."

This tribute was added by Sharon Joseph on 28th April 2016

"Infinite Light Is All There Is!!"

This tribute was added by John & Eve Spearman on 27th April 2016

"Tim, you were a mighty force in days that shaped the struggle & changed a generation. You left a lasting legacy. Your intellect, fearlessness and love for the people will be dearly missed. Thank you.

M'Balia and Stephan you have our love and friendship."

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