Photo by Nina Subin

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Bryan Stevenson is the author of the New York Times Bestseller Just Mercy: A Story of Justice & Redemption and the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative. Mr. Stevenson has been honored to receive numerous awards, including the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Prize, the National Medal of Liberty, the Alabama State Bar Commissioners Award, and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Fred L. Shuttlesworth Award. Additional information may be found at

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Tim Wise is an antiracist educator and the author of numerous books on race and civil rights issues, including Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America. Additional information may be found at

Hank Sanders serves as a member of the Alabama Senate, District 23 and is the author of Death of a Fat Man.

Chari Bostick is the Executive Director of the Grace Heritage Foundation and Grace Heritage Community Development. Follow Grace Heritage Community Development on Facebook at

William Thornton is a reporter for the Birmingham News and the Alabama Media Group, as well as an author of several books of fiction (Set Your Fields on Fire and Brilliant Disguises). Follow his blog at