1 of 7 Melanie Dunea
Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, a professor at Columbia Law School and UCLA, and coauthor of “Words That Wound” (Westview Press) Pernessa Seele, Founder of “The Balm in Gilead,” which established the Black Church Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS.
2 of 7 Darien Davis
Jehmu Greene, President, Rock the Vote, left, which ensures young people have their say.
Sherry Grace, Activist, founded Mothers of Incarcerated Sons.
3 of 7 Ron Aira
Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia Ann McKinney, from left, is focused on human rights and environmental injustice.
California Congresswoman Barbara Lee, is a voice of conscience on matters of race and war.
California Congresswoman Maxine Waters, a driving force in Washington, D.C. and internationally.
Ohio Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones, works to protect children, limit gun access and provide health care for those without it.
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Wangari Maatha, 2004 Nobel Peace laureate, established the Green Belt Movement, which helped plant more than 30 million trees in Kenya.
5 of 7 Jeffrey Salter
Marleine Bastien, Executive Director, Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami, Inc. (Haitian Women of Miami), an organization helping women in that island nation.
6 of 7 Cardoni
Elaine Newkirk, Foster Mom Extraordinaire, has taken in more than 50 children and was named Outstanding Adoptive Family in New Jersey.
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