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Community-Sourced Racial Justice + Equity Resources: Thought Leaders

Alicia Garza

She is the Principal at the Black Futures Lab, co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter and the Black Lives Matter Network, Strategy & Partnerships Director at the National Domestic Workers Alliance, co-founder at Supermajority, host of the Lady Don’t Take No podcast, and author of the forthcoming book The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart (out in October 2020).

Rachel Elizabeth Harding

Rachel Elizabeth Harding is associate professor of Indigenous Spiritual Traditions in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado Denver. A native of Georgia, a writer, historian and poet, Rachel is a specialist in religions of the Afro-Atlantic diaspora and studies the relationship between religion, creativity and s­ocial justice activism in cross-cultural perspective.

Ibram X. Kendi

Ibram X. Kendi is one of America’s foremost historians and leading antiracist voices. He is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, founder of the BU Center for Antiracist Research, and founding director of The Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University in Washington, DC. A professor of history and international relations, Kendi is a contributor at The Atlantic and CBS News.

Miss Major

A veteran of the infamous Stonewall Riots, former sex worker, and survivor of Attica State Prison, transgender elder and activist Miss Major has fought for over 40 years to create visibility and equity for trans women of color. Miss Major has built a global legacy of activism that is rooted in her own experiences, and will continue to pave the way for transgender women of color, particularly those who have survived incarceration and police brutality.

Layla F. Saad

Layla Saad is an author, speaker, and teacher on the topics of race, identity, leadership, personal transformation, and social change. She’s the New York Times bestselling author of the groundbreaking book Me and White Supremacy, host of Good Ancestor Podcast, and the founder of Good Ancestor Academy.

Brian Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, a human rights organization in Montgomery, Alabama. He is the author of Just Mercy, a powerful true story about the Equal Justice Initiative, the people it represents, and the importance of confronting injustice.