Author of the internationally best-selling Mornings in Jenin (sold in 28 countries), Susan is one of the most widely-read Arab authors of all time. She is also frequently asked to speak on the subjects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the power of storytelling for marginalized communities.
Asale is the Director of Women’s and Gender Studies and a professor at City University of New York, City College who brings a distinctive approach to race and identity. She lectures around the country on topics ranging from mass incarceration to social justice responses.
Born in Harlem to Dominican parents, Raquel is an award-winning journalist, cultural activist, podcaster, and documentary filmmaker who travels widely to speak to diverse audiences about Latina identity, social justice, gentrification and inequality.
Award-winning author of two suspense series, the George Skeehan series and the Jimmy Vega Mysteries, Suzanne draws inspiration for her writing from her work with immigrants at an outreach center in New York. A former writing fellow, Suzanne has been a college writing instructor and frequent guest lecturer at the Smithsonian Institution.
Bridgett is the author of the critically-acclaimed memoir The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother’s Life in the Detroit Numbers, a New York Times Book Review “Editor’s Pick” and an Entertainment Weekly “Must Read.” She has been invited to speak at numerous venues about her memoir and its historical context. She teaches creative and film writing at Baruch College, CUNY.
Robin is the author of the New York Times bestselling White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism. A charismatic and compelling speaker, Robin has spoken extensively nationwide to a wide range of audiences, from corporate and academic to non-profits, who want to gain a clearer understanding of white fragility and find solutions for moving toward racial equity.
Rebecca is a scholar, activist and educator who writes and speaks on the history of race, gender, law and resistance. She is the author of the highly-anticipated forthcoming graphic novel Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts (37ink, 2020), which focuses on slave revolts in the Middle Passage and in New York City and her own quest to uncover this unwritten history.
An anthropologist and graphic novelist, Sherine speaks nationally and internationally on the role of comics as a teaching tool and on social justice and representation in comics. In addition to her acclaimed academic work, she is the co-author of the graphic novel Lissa and author of the forthcoming YA graphic novel Jabs, the story of a Muslim-American girl’s coming-of-age.
Ladee is an award-winning author and scholar. Her critically-acclaimed novel, The Talented Ribkins, was awarded the 2018 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for the Debut Novel and the 2018 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, among many other honors, and garnered her an appearance on Seth Meyers.
An award-winning illustrator and scholar of black comics, John is a Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California at Riverside; he is also the publisher of Megascope, an imprint of Abrams ComicArts dedicated to publishing works exploring the experiences of people of color. He speaks widely on the subjects of Afrofuturism and Black Comix.
Author of Night in the American Village, Akemi strives to advance racial equity, social justice, and human rights in her writing and work. She is an educator at the Fred T. Korematsu Institute, where she teaches the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans and promotes the importance of remembering this history.
Nura is a writer, attorney, and the editor of the groundbreaking anthologies Love, InshAllah and Salaam, Love and has been featured globally by media including the New York Times, NPR, the BBC, Washington Post, Guardian, Times of India, Dawn Pakistan, and Jakarta Post. She gave a popular TEDx talk on the monolithic image of Muslim women.
Melody speaks widely on issues of mental health, Iran, feminism, and Islam in America. Her books include the critically acclaimed memoir, Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life and War on Error: Real Stories of American Muslims, which earned her a Georgia Author of the Year Award and a Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights Honorable Mention.
Amrita is an award-winning historian, journalist, activist and commentator whose work examines the intersections of race, gender, power, and freedom, specifically focusing on the lives of enslaved and free black women.
A charismatic speaker, writer and cultural activist, Bushra’s rapport with audiences is genuine, entertaining, and educational. She co-edited the seminal anthology Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism. Her novel Corona is a cult classic, and her poetry collection Marianna’s Beauty Salon has been described as “a love poem for Muslim girls, Queens, and immigrants making sense of their foreign home--and surviving.”
Stacey is a professor, graphic designer, and illustrator of the acclaimed YA graphic novel I Am Alfonso Jones and co-illustrator, with John Jennings, of Prison Industrial Complex For Beginners. He is an assistant professor of graphic design at the University of Illinois. He lectures on Black comics, resistance and protest.
Natasha speaks widely on sexual ethics, consent, sexual literacy, and ending gender-based violence. She has over twenty years of experience in education, including teaching at Rutgers University, the Collegiate School for Boys, and the Branson School. She partners with schools, parents, and students as an educational consultant.
Danyel is a New York City-based media creative, television producer, and author. The former editor-in-chief of VIBE and Billboard and now the head of the culture desk at ESPN’s The Undefeated, Danyel is currently at work on Shine Bright, a history of black women in pop music, forthcoming from One World/Random House.