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.
  • 71 years old
  • Born on May 20, 1944 in Augusta, Georgia, United States.
  • Passed away on April 11, 2016 in Oakland, California, United States.

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 

Posted by M'Balia Thomas on 14th April 2018
Can't believe it's been 2 years. Still missing you dad and hoping you are well on the other side.
Posted by John Brauer on 11th April 2017
Tim, your strength, dedication and intelligence are still present brother. Thinking of you not just on this day, but often as we engage in the struggle for justice. Miss you and will miss our May birthday meal together next month.
Posted by M'Balia Thomas on 11th April 2017
Thinking of you, Dad. Hoping all is peaceful and well on the otherside.
Posted by Mike Bishop on 11th April 2017
Tim's wise counsel continues to guide me. Yesterday I found myself in a conversation on mentorship and thinking of him. Practically not a day passes when Tim is not in my thoughts. You are missed today and every day.
Posted by Bill Fletcher Jr. on 11th April 2017
Tim was one of the strongest and most consistent freedom fighters I have ever known. He is very much missed and his spirit of struggle remains with us.
Posted 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.
Posted 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.
Posted 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.
Posted 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
Posted 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.
Posted 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.
Posted by Sharon Joseph on 28th April 2016
Infinite Light Is All There Is!!
Posted 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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