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Justice Speakers 

These speakers are the changemakers. Their revelatory writing, groundbreaking policies, and innovative and necessary updates to administration and education are revolutionizing our legal, political and social landscapes.


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Michael Murphy

Architect | Founding Principal and Executive Director of MASS Design Group

If you want to know what we prioritize as a society, look to our architecture. What happens when we redraft those priorities to promote liberty, justice, and human dignity? This is the question posed by Michael Murphy, one of America’s most visionary architects. In talks, he shows how our built environment can powerfully shape—and enlarge—our notions of community. 
Kimberley Motley

First Foreign Litigator in Afghanistan, 2014 TED Speaker

Kimberley Motley is the only foreign litigator working in Afghanistan. Armed with an unwavering determination and a passion for justice, she navigates the country’s punitive and capricious legal system...


Angela Davis

Legendary Human Rights Activist

Angela Davis is internationally known for her ongoing work to combat all forms of oppression in the U.S. and abroad. Her work as an educator—both at the university level and in the larger public sphere—has always emphasized the importance of...
Sarah Lewis

Author of The Rise, Guest-Editor of Aperture’s “Vision & Justice” Issue

When we view race and justice through the lens of culture, we can enlarge our notion of citizenship, of who belongs and who counts. Sarah Lewis, an intellectual star and powerful speaker, has sparked...
Major MJ Hegar

Author of Shoot Like a Girl | Leadership Speaker | Foreign Policy 100 Leading Global Thinker

Major MJ Hegar is a hero twice over—a Purple Heart-decorated pilot, and the soldier who challenged a discriminatory military policy, winning women the right to serve on the front lines for the first...
Jelani Cobb

New Yorker Staff Writer, Speaker on Race in America

Jelani Cobb writes about the enormous complexity of race in America. In 2015, he received the Sidney Hillman Prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism for his New Yorker columns, in which he combine...
Emily Bazelon

Author of Sticks and Stones | New York Times Magazine Staff Writer

A staff writer on politics and judicial matters for The New York Times Magazine, Emily Bazelon is the author of the bestselling book Sticks and Stones, a major contribution to the international conver...
Rev. Jeffrey Brown

Pastor and President of RECAP (Rebuilding Every Community Around Peace)

Rev. Jeffrey Brown was one of the key architects behind the “Boston Miracle,” which saw the violent crime rate among youth plummet by 79% over a decade. Today, he works with faith groups, cities, gove...