When Kareem Abdul-Jabbar left the NBA in 1989 at age 42, no player had ever scored more points, blocked more shots, won more MVP Awards or logged more seasons; but his most important triumph was beating cancer.
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.
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.
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.
Jennifer Siebel Newsom is a filmmaker, former actress, and advocate for women and girls. She has been recognized for her work in writing, directing and producing, the award-winning documentary Miss Representation.