Author, professor and filmmaker Stephane Dunn knows the power of a good story. Whether it is recollections of her family's history or the words of her favorite authors, Dunn knows the positive impact storytelling can have on a person—and the negative consequences when you don't see yourself reflected in a narrative.
The CEO and National Director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) discusses joining forces with civil rights leader John Lewis, how being the grandson of a Holocaust survivor guides his work and why the next generation gives him hope.
When Derek Auguste left the Army after 15 years of service, he had a hard time adjusting back to civilian life. Thankfully, a chance email led him to The Mission Continues, an organization that empowers veterans to regain a sense of purpose through service.
Seantell Campbell and Darrielle Carter, co-founders of The Barrio Fridge, discuss growing up in East Harlem, their own experiences with lacking access to enough healthy food and why they wanted to give back to their community through mutual aid.
Queens-raised civil rights lawyer, activist and voting rights expert Judith Browne Dianis has focused her career on the movement for racial justice. She joined the Advancement Project in 1999 and now serves as the organization’s Executive Director, working on combating systemic racism in all aspects of society, from dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline to voter suppression. Dianis explains how her parents ignited her interest in social justice at a young age, the highs and lows of her career so far and what makes her hopeful about the future.
In 1989, a woman was attacked and raped while jogging in New York City’s Central Park. Dr. Yusef Salaam was one of five Black and Latinx Harlem teenagers wrongly accused of the brutal crime. At just 15 years old, he was convicted and sent to prison. In 2002, DNA evidence exonerated Dr. Salaam and the four other young men sentenced alongside him. Collectively, they became known as the "Exonerated Five."