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Kareem  Abdul-Jabbar
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

NBA Legend & NY Times Best Selling Author

A global icon that changed the game of basketball, Kareem is a Presidential Medal of Freedom winner and civil rights advocate working to bring more opportunities to underserved communities.

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Katie  Hurley
Katie Hurley

Psychotherapist & Parenting Expert

Katie Hurley, LCSW, is a child and adolescent psychotherapist, parenting expert, and writer. She is the founder of “Girls Can!” empowerment groups for girls between ages 5-11.

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Christine  Carter
Christine Carter

Sociologist & Happiness Expert

The author of Raising Happiness Dr. Christine Carter shares science-based parenting advice and skills for building emotional intelligence.

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Ilyasah  Shabazz
Ilyasah Shabazz

Daughter of Malcolm X, Professor & Author

Daughter of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz, Ilyasah Shabazz is an inspirational role model and advocate for “youth” and “women and girl” empowerment.

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Bill  Deresiewicz
Bill Deresiewicz

Award-Winning Essayist & Critic

William Deresiewicz is an award-winning essayist and critic, a frequent college speaker, and the best-selling author of Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life.

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Diane  Ravitch
Diane Ravitch

Research Professor & Historian of Education

Diane Ravitch is a research professor of education at New York University and a prolific writer, who has published more than 500 articles and reviews for scholarly and popular publications on the subject.

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Freeman  Hrabowski
Freeman Hrabowski

President of the University of Maryland

President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, has served as President of The University of Maryland, Baltimore County since May 1992. His research focuses on participation and performance of African-American males.

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Salome  Thomas-EL
Salome Thomas-EL

Inspirational Principal

Being driven by a purpose larger than the self is the theme of I Choose to Stay, a memoir written by the award-winning school principal and speaker Salome Thomas-EL.

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