Anson graduated cum laude from Howard University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 1992. In 1996, Anson graduated from Rutgers Law School in Newark, New Jersey. He is licensed to practice law in Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Anson has devoted his life to social justice and progressive change. As a student at Howard University, Anson joined hundreds of students lead by Ras Baraka and April Silver in taking over the Administration Building to protest the appointment of Republican political strategist Lee Atwater to the Howard University Board of Trustees. Mr. Atwater was the architecture behind the notoriously racist Willie Horton political advertisements for President George W. Bush. While attending Howard, Anson joined student activist groups and protested against police brutality and war.
Anson went to law school to make a difference. He was inspired by the noble and brave examples of Justice Thurgood Marshall and Charles Hamilton Houston. After the Rutgers University President made disparaging remarks about affirmative action, Anson and other black students organized a protest at Rutgers Law School.
In June 2004, Anson joined the National NAACP Legal Department staff in Baltimore, Maryland. Anson primarily handles internal legal matters for the Association. His practice areas include public accommodations discrimination, housing discrimination, employment discrimination and voting rights. For several years, he participated in the NAACP Operation Bike Week Justice, an effort to ensure that all Myrtle Beach, South Carolina tourists are treated equally and fairly regardless of race. During the 2008, 2012 and 2016 presidential elections, he supervised the NAACP’s Election Protection Command Center. On July 12, 2009, Anson received the NAACP Staff Lawyer of the Year Award.
Now, Anson is running for Baltimore City Council District 4. He is determined to help create a better Baltimore.