Civil Rights Activist, Law Professor & Attorney to the Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown Families
“I Am Trayvon Martin” became the battle cry for a whole new generation seeking social justice. However, this new call to arms is not just about race. Anyone can be a target to the dangers, tragedies and abuse of basic human rights that we experience all too often. When it comes to the present day civil rights struggles across the world, some choose to overlook, and some choose to act. Thankfully, Attorney Jasmine Rand is not afraid to act. Rand is probably best known as the attorney of the Trayvon Martin family and from her countless appearances in the media concerning this world-famous case. A champion for civil and human rights – the National Bar Association recognized Rand one of the nation’s Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 in the United States. Rand now shares her insight, experience and pioneering efforts for social justice and empowerment as an exclusive speaker with American Program Bureau. Read More >
I Am Trayvon Martin: Bringing a Change in Social Justice
The Chatman Foundation Luncheon 2015
On Anderson Cooper
Harvard Lecture: Being An Advocate for Social Change
A successful civil rights attorney, professor and businesswoman, Jasmine Rand has fought for the rights of others who faced discrimination based on race or gender. However, on a personal level, she has had to fight against inequalities in the business world. Rand has found that as she becomes more successful, she is surrounded by fewer women. The challenges she faced in breaking the glass ceiling in a predominantly male-dominated field are not that dissimilar to the challenges women across the country face. In this talk, Rand discusses being the “only woman in the room,” a place she found herself in many times as a young, successful female attorney. What makes this presentation unique is that Rand focuses on the experience of a woman, “once she gets in the room.” To be successful, the expectation is that women somehow must part with their femininity, dressing in business suits to compete in a male-dominated field, or that discussing motherhood might be perceived as less ambitious and not committed to a career in business. If true equality exists, why are so many women parting with their core identity to prove they are serious about their career? Rand will inspire confidence with her own story and leave you with a sense of empowerment for your own sense of identity.
Jasmine Rand was the attorney at the forefront of the civil rights case that sparked a national discussion on race in America when Trayvon Martin, an African American teenager, was walking home from a 7-Eleven after purchasing a bag of Skittles was fatally shot by neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman. While representing the Trayvon Martin family, Rand was an adjunct professor at the University of Miami, teaching “legal advocacy, media and the pursuit of social justice.” During a lesson, Rand’s students coined the phrase, “I Am Trayvon Martin.” In this talk, Rand explains the role media played in launching this national movement. Out of tragedy, young people mobilized in a peaceful campaign for change that even inspired President Obama to declare, “I Too AM Trayvon,” after the jury came back with a not-guilty verdict for Zimmerman. It’s an insightful look at how media plays an important role in the national dialogue of race in this country.
Despite decades of progress in American civil rights, our nation is in the midst of a “modern” civil rights movement. The deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Tamir Rice have sparked a national conversation about race and justice, and inspired a movement for change. The attorney at the forefront of these cases is Jasmine Rand. In this talk, Rand shares her insight as a civil rights attorney, past and present, and the challenges of injustice and inequality that she has fought for on behalf of her clients. Through her high-profile cases, she has become a national voice of hope, justice and equality. She is boldly tenacious and reminds audiences that the key to fighting for civil and human rights is not in a quick victory, but in never accepting defeat and never settling for inequality.
This exciting program exemplifies how “the power of one” can transform the world, presented by an esteemed trio of human rights luminaries - Ndaba Mandela, the grandson of Nelson Mandela, Donisha Rita Claire Prendergast, the granddaughter of Bob Marley, and Jasmine Rand, civil rights attorney for the Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown families. This event inspires audiences to pursue meaningful change in their own lives and in the lives of others. Audiences will learn not only how to take action, but how to realize the vision of their own philanthropic dreams. Learning directly from some of today’s most inspiring voices, attendees will become equipped with the tools and techniques needed to effectively mobilize their own schools and communities to seek equality and justice. Together, Ndaba, Donisha and Jasmine will show you how to launch your own ideas into action, explaining how every individual has the power to influence changes in our society.
"It was incredible! Many students were very impressed with her speaking and were very impacted by what she had to say to them! We really appreciated her professionalism and willingness to share the stage with our local law enforcement. On behalf of Program Board and myself, we thank Jasmine and yourself for such great program that each and every student enjoyed! I personally have never been so impacted by such a great speaker!"