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Interviewees

Genevieve Ahearne
Genevieve Ahearne
Friend of Barack Obama
Clifford Alexander
Clifford Alexander
Former U.S. Secretary of the Army
Elizabeth Alexander
Elizabeth Alexander
Poet
Devin Allen
Devin Allen
Photographer
Loretta Augustine-Herron
Loretta Augustine-Herron
Community Organizer
David Axelrod
David Axelrod
Political Advisor
Edward Ayers
Edward Ayers
Historian
Joan Baez
Joan Baez
Musician & Activist
Harry Belafonte
Harry Belafonte
Actor & Activist
Mary Frances Berry
Mary Frances Berry
Historian
Joe Biden
Joe Biden
U.S. President, 2021-
Christopher Bonner
Christopher Bonner
Historian
Carol Moseley Braun
Carol Moseley Braun
U.S Senator
David Brooks
David Brooks
Columnist, The New York Times
Joseph Califano
Joseph Califano
Special Assistant to Lyndon B. Johnson
Xernona Clayton
Xernona Clayton
Activist
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Author & Journalist
Abigail Cooper
Abigail Cooper
Historian
Dorothy Cotton
Dorothy Cotton
Activist
Adger Cowans
Adger Cowans
Photographer
Michael Eric Dyson
Michael Eric Dyson
Author & Professor
Marian Wright Edelman
Marian Wright Edelman
Activist
Justene Hill Edwards
Justene Hill Edwards
Historian
Richard Fernandez
Richard Fernandez
Activist
Mary Lou Finley
Mary Lou Finley
Activist
Eric Foner
Eric Foner
Historian
Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Professor
Kerri Greenidge
Kerri Greenidge
Historian
Steven Hahn
Steven Hahn
Historian
Tom Houck
Tom Houck
Activist
Sherrilyn Ifill
Sherrilyn Ifill
Lawyer
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Author & Activist
Jesse Jackson
Jesse Jackson
Activist & Politician
Kellie Carter Jackson
Kellie Carter Jackson
Historian
Caroline Janney
Caroline Janney
Historian
Valerie Jarrett
Valerie Jarrett
Lawyer, Businesswoman, Politician
Broderick Johnson
Broderick Johnson
Chair, My Brother's Keeper
Clarence Jones
Clarence Jones
Civil Rights Attorney
Matthew Karp
Matthew Karp
Historian
Jerry Kellman
Jerry Kellman
Community Organizer
Keegan-Michael Key
Keegan-Michael Key
Comedian
Bernard Lafayette
Bernard Lafayette
Activist & Organizer
John Lewis
John Lewis
Politician & Civil Rights Activist
Alvin Love
Alvin Love
Pastor
Ken Mack
Ken Mack
Historian
Chandra Manning
Chandra Manning
Historian
David Maraniss
David Maraniss
Author & Journalist
Sam Massell
Sam Massell
Politician & Businessman
Kate Masur
Kate Masur
Historian
Edna Greene Medford
Edna Greene Medford
Historian
Judd Miner
Judd Miner
Civil Rights Lawyer
Khalil Muhammad
Khalil Muhammad
Historian & Professor
Diane Nash
Diane Nash
Activist
Barack Obama
Barack Obama
U.S. President, 2009-2017
Anthony Peterson
Anthony Peterson
Classmate of Barack Obama
Bobby Rush
Bobby Rush
Politician & Activist
Cleveland Sellers
Cleveland Sellers
Activist
Reverend Al Sharpton
Reverend Al Sharpton
Civil Rights Activist
Shirley Sherrod
Shirley Sherrod
Activist
Gloria Steinem
Gloria Steinem
Writer & Activist
Bryan Stevenson
Bryan Stevenson
Founder, Equal Justice Initiative
C.T. Vivian
C.T. Vivian
Minister & Activist
Darren Walker
Darren Walker
President, Ford Foundation
Laura Washington
Laura Washington
Journalist
Cornel West
Cornel West
Philosopher & Activist
Andrew Young
Andrew Young
U.S. Ambassador
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