Scholar, author, activist, and professor Dr. Janet Dewart Bell is a nationally recognized leader in social justice, media advocacy, and politics. Through her unbending commitment to fighting for justice and fairness, she seeks to give voice to people whose vision and courage lead change. Using interconnected and cross-generational bridges, best practices, and strategies she tackles the most challenging issues of the day.
Securing a just and equitable future requires courage, commitment, compassion, vision and hope. Those are the themes of the LEADing justice podcast.
Rashad Robinson joins us to discuss the groundbreaking work of Color of Change, a racial justice organization of over 7 million members, utilizing strategic action to address immediate issues and the structural problems of racism and economic inequality. We discuss his groundbreaking work and how to take active steps in making justice for all a reality.
Gloria Steinem is more than the sum of her parts -- a writer, lecturer, political activist, and feminist, whose intersectional work continues to have extraordinary impacts on America and the world.
Among her landmark achievements, she co-founded Ms. magazine and the Ms. Foundation for Women, the Women's Media Center, the Women's Action Alliance, the National Women's Political Caucus, and Choice USA. Her numerous honors include the Presidential Medal of Freedom, awarded by President Barack Obama.
At 88, her lifetime of service personifies living history; however, she remains focused on the future - the elimination of sexism, racism, and discrimination of all kinds.
We present one of the great men of our time, Andrew Young, the close confidant and partner of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ambassador Young has a singularly impactful career in causes advancing justice and freedom. He reflects on his remarkable life, while giving guidance to navigate these turbulent times and to secure a future of peace and freedom.
Andrew Young was active in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and present at key points in American history, negotiating the Birmingham and Selma, Alabama desegregation agreements, helping to lead the Poor People's Campaign and serving as the the United States Ambassador to the United Nations. He was the mayor of Atlanta from 1982 to 1990 and also co-chaired the committee for the Olympic Games in 1996.
We are honored to welcome Charles Imohiosen, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Andrew Goodman Foundation, established to carry on the work of Andrew Goodman. Andy was a college student when he was murdered in Mississippi by the Ku Klux Klan, along with two other young men, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner.
Their tragic deaths in 1964 contributed to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The Andrew Goodman Foundation works to make young voices and votes a powerful force in democracy with their Vote Everywhere campaign and training youth activists and leaders. The Andrew Goodman Vote Everywhere program now operates in 26 states and Washington, DC, and includes a network of nearly 100 campuses that enroll 1M+ students.
We are pleased to Terrica Redfield Ganzy, Executive Director, Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR). SCHR fights for a world free from mass incarceration, the death penalty, the criminalization of poverty, and racial injustice. A passionate, indefatigable leader with many years of dedicated service, she states: “What brought me to the work was anger. What keeps me in the work is love.”
Founded in 1976 and originally named the Southern Prisoners Defense Committee, their attorneys and investigators worked alongside civil rights organizations, families, and faith-based organizations to protect the civil and human rights of people of color, poor people, and other disadvantaged people.
In addition to representing people facing the death penalty, including cases argued before the United States Supreme Court, SCHR employs class action lawsuits and individual representation to challenge unconstitutional and unconscionable practices within the criminal justice system.
Moderated by the legendary journalist and Co-President/CEO of The ERA Coalition, Carol Jenkins, this 3-part series offers unique insight and analysis from an intergenerational, multicultural and gender-balanced group of leaders on how to move our nation toward justice, peace, and freedom.
Part I cultivates wisdom and advice from diverse social justice activists, advocates and authors. Part II features an exclusive interview with Ambassador Andrew Young and a panel providing strategies to ensure your vote is counted with Andrew Goodman Foundation, Fair Fight Action, HeadCount and VoteRiders.
Part III includes Women LEAD the Vote, a Building a Narrative of Hope, and the conclusion of our exclusive interview with Ambassador Young.
Top Row (L to R): Samuel Murumba, Esq., Ph.D., Judy Richardson, Andrew Young, Sophia Mack, John E. Jacob, and Carol Jenkins
Second Row (L to R): Kesha Ram, Jemel Alston, Thais Ridgeway, David Goodman, Tracey-Ann Nelson, and Ruby Nell Sales
Third Row (L to R): Sarah A. Esteban, Tappan Vickery, Rev. Dr. Paul E. Smith, Joyce S. Johnson, Tim Wise, and Lola Calise
Fourth Row (L to R): Julie Fisher-Rowe, Maxim Thorne, Roy Paul, and Taj A. Brown