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Michelle Alexander

Michelle Alexander

New York Times Best-Selling Author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Michelle Alexander peels back the curtain on systemic racism in the American prison system in the pivotal New York Times best-seller The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. The book is considered one of the top African-American books of 2010 and won the... More
Eric Alva

Eric Alva

Iraq War Veteran and LGBT Rights Activist

Retired Staff Sergeant Eric Alva was the first American soldier injured in the Iraq War. Hailed as an American hero, Alva was decorated and visited by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Vice President Dick Cheney, and President George W. Bush. However, he was only able to be true to himself after... More
Inge Auerbacher

Inge Auerbacher

Holocaust Survivor and Author

Holocaust survivor and human rights activist Inge Auerbacher spent three years as a child imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp in Czechoslovakia, where out of 15,000 children, barely 1 percent survived. Following her emigration to the United States in 1946, she received a BS in chemistry... More
W. Kamau Bell

W. Kamau Bell

Comedian, Political Satirist, and Former Host of FXX's Totally Biased

Socio-political comedian W. Kamau Bell has emerged as the post-modern voice of comedy. Named an Ambassador of Racial Justice by the ACLU, his weekly half-hour FX comedy series, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, premiered in August 2012 and became a critically acclaimed but criminally short... More
Elizabeth Birch

Elizabeth Birch

Human Rights Pioneer and Workplace Diversity Consultant

One of the most recognized leaders of the gay and lesbian civil rights movement, gay rights activist and diversity speaker Elizabeth Birch served as executive director of the Human Rights Campaign for over a decade. During her tenure, the organization quadrupled in size to become the leading civil... More
Keith Boykin

Keith Boykin

New York Times Best-Selling Author and TV's Leading Commentator on Politics, Race, and Sexual Orientation

When Keith Boykin led the movement for diversity at Harvard Law School, he never imagined that his classmate Barack Obama would one day become President of the United States. Since that time, Boykin's broad and wide-ranging career has taken him from the halls of Harvard to the Clinton White House... More
Warren Brown

Warren Brown

Inspirational Entrepreneur and Founder of CakeLove, former host of the Food Network's Sugar Rush

The owner of the Washington, DC-based CakeLove and the former host of the Food Network's Sugar Rush, Warren Brown is an entrepreneurial icon. Taking an unconventional career path, Brown left his job as an attorney for the federal government to pursue his dream. Passionate about cake and... More
John Bul Dau

John Bul Dau

Lost Boy of Sudan Featured in the Film God Grew Tired of Us

Born in war-torn Southern Sudan, Dau is one of 27,000 boys driven from their villages when the northern Arab government attacked the ethnic minority population in 1987. For the next five years, Dau led groups of displaced boys across Sudan for hundreds of miles facing starvation, disease, and violence... More
LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton

Actor and Literacy Advocate

The multi-talented LeVar Burton has captured the attention of audiences and peers for over two decades, catapulting to a new level within the entertainment industry. As a multiple Daytime Emmy Award and Grammy Award winning actor, director, producer, author, and celebrity speaker, Burton proves... More
Da Chen

Da Chen

Best-Selling Author, Flutist, and Immigrant Success Story

New York Times best-selling author Da Chen's life is a true immigrant success story. A native of China, Chen grew up in a tiny village without running water or electricity. He was a victim of communist political persecution and hollowing poverty during the Cultural Revolution, but his dreams... More
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