I peeled a fifteen-cent sticker off a package of cigars and stuck it on the frame of my law degree to remind myself of the mistake I'd made by going to Yale. Thomas later said that novelist Richard Wright had been the most influential writer in his life; Wright's books Native Son and Black Boy "capture[d] a lot of the feelings that I had inside that you learn how to repress." From 1974 to 1977, Thomas was an Assistant Attorney General of Missouri under State Attorney General John Danforth, who met Thomas at Yale Law School.
Thomas was the only black member of Danforth's staff.
Thomas had a series of deferments from the military draft while in college at Holy Cross.
Upon graduation, he was classified as 1-A and received a low lottery number, indicating he might be drafted to serve in Vietnam.
In a number of interviews, Thomas stated that he left the seminary in the aftermath of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.He said that potential employers assumed he obtained it because of affirmative action policies.(In 1969 Dean Louis Pollak wrote that the law school was expanding its program of quotas for black applicants, with up to 24 entering that year admitted under a system that deemphasized grades and LSAT scores.Thomas’s name is no secret to Yellow Jacked Up as we’ve followed his recruitment closely here over the last month.Despite not being a highly rated recruit, Thomas has earned offers from notable programs including two of his three finalists in Auburn and Florida.
K Chimedza, who lost his fourth-star but could earn it back this fall.