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Dr. Cornel  West
Dr. Cornel West

Provocative Public Intellectual

A groundbreaking author and champion for racial justice, Dr. West weaves together the traditions of the Black Baptist Church, progressive politics and jazz in his powerful keynotes.

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Debra  Lee
Debra Lee

Chairman & CEO Emeritus, BET Networks

Honored as one of the most powerful women in the media and entertainment industries, Debra Lee led BET Networks to become the largest global company dedicated to African-American programming.

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Dr. Eddie   Glaude, Jr.
Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr.

New York Times Bestselling Author & Chair of Princeton’s Department of African American Studies

One of the nation’s most prominent scholars, Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr. is an author, political commentator,  public intellectual and passionate educator who examines the complex dynamics of the American experience.

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Michael Eric Dyson
Michael Eric Dyson

Public Intellectual & Best-Selling Author

Featured on NPR and MSNBC, Professor Dyson melds scholarly insight with contemporary culture and examines civil rights and race relations. This thought-provoking talks foster social change.

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Kevin D. Richardson
Kevin D. Richardson

Member of the Central Park 5

April 19, 1989 changed 14-year-old Kevin D. Richardson's life and American society forever. After the brutal attack and sexual assault of jogger Trisha Ellen Meili in Central Park, the NY Police Department arrested suspects, including Richardson.

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Philonise  Floyd
Philonise Floyd

Brother of George Floyd & Activist

On May 26, 2020, Floyd learned that his older brother, George “Perry” Floyd, Jr. had been murdered by four police officers in Minneapolis after a store clerk alleged that he passed a counterfeit $20 bill.

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Deborah  Archer
Deborah Archer

President of the ACLU

The first person of color to lead America’s premiere civil rights and civil liberties organization in its over 100-year history, Deborah Archer is a leading civil rights and civil liberties advocate, civil rights lawyer, professor and writer.

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Kim  Crenshaw
Kim Crenshaw

Civil & Women's Rights Activist

Known for coining the term “intersectionality,” Crenshaw offers a critical examination of how social structures interact with gender and race on multiple levels, resulting in social inequality.

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