2019 – Christian Picciolini (peace and anti-extremism activist)

2018 – Marsha & Aiden Aizumi (mother & son authors, LGBTQ+ inclusion advocates)

2017 – Luis Rodriguez  (author, poet laureate, anti-violence advocate)

2016 – Dr. Margaret Burnham (NUSL Distinguished Professor of Law and Director, Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project)

2015 – Kevin Hines (mental health advocate)

2014 – James Lawson (civil rights leader)

2013 – Azim Khamisa (author, founder of the Tariq Khamisa Foundation, anti-violence advocate)

2012 – Eugene Lentzner (civil rights & human relations leader)

Other speakers have included nationally known civil rights activists such as Craig Kielburger (founder of Free the Children), Prince Cedza Dlamini of Swaziland (grandson of Nelson Mandela) Gerda Weissman Klein (Holocaust Survivor, Author and Historian), Dolores C. Huerta (co-founder of the National Farm Workers Association), Frank Emi (Civil Rights Leader), Dr. Terrence Roberts (Member of the Little Rock Nine), Morris Dees(Attorney and Founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center in Alabama), Phoebe Eng (Attorney and former publisher of A. Magazine for Asian Americans), John D. Maguire, Ph.D (President Emeritus Claremont University Consortium & Graduate University as well as a colleague of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and an original Freedom Rider) and Father Greg Boyle (Founder and Executive Director of Homeboy Industries and author of Tattoos on the Heart.)

 

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