Rising Stars: Michelle Bernard
Michelle Bernard

Why She’s One to Watch:
Bernard founded her organization to promote social justice for people of color and minorities—particularly women. “I do my best to be a voice for those who have no voice in the most important political and policy debates,” says Bernard. Her use of mass media outlets such as CNN, MSNBC, the Huffington Post, YouTube and Twitter allows her to delve into issues on a larger scale. As author of Moving America Toward Justice: The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, 1963–2013 (Donning), she focuses on today’s civil rights challenges.

Life Lesson:
“I believe that each of us has a God-given talent to share with the world what will make our communities and the world we live in equal and just. We must work hard to fear no man, trust in our instincts and do our best to be on the right side of history.”

This article was originally published in the November issue of ESSENCE magazine, on newsstands now.