[Founding advisors.]

Nina Turner

Offering a powerful narrative of overcoming adversity, Nina Turner is a captivating orator who puts political and social trends into an unparalleled perspective.

Most recently a progressive leader in the Ohio Senate, Nina Turner is a college professor, motivational speaker, frequent media commentator, and author. She has worked in leadership at the Ohio Democratic Party and as an elected member of the Cleveland City Council—both opportunities that demonstrated her ability to unify opposing ideologies in critical circumstances. Turner is also a sought after public speaker who has traveled across North America to inspire action and instill hope in crowds of more than 20,000 for bold causes like labor, women’s reproductive health, voting rights, and income inequality.

Michael Render

Michael Render, better known by his stage name Killer Mike, is an American hip hop recording artist, actor, and activist from Atlanta, Georgia.

He is the founder of Grind Time Official Records, which he launched through the SMC and Fontana Distribution. Mike made his debut on “Snappin’ and Trappin'”, from OutKast‘s 2000 LP Stankonia, and later appeared on the Grammy-winning song “The Whole World“, a single from OutKast’s greatest hits album Big Boi and Dre Present…OutKast. He has since released five full-length albums as a solo artist.

Cornel West

Is a Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University.

He has also taught at Yale, Harvard, and the University of Paris. Cornel West graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in three years and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at Princeton. He has written over 20 books and has edited 13. Though he is best known for his classics, Race Matters and Democracy Matters, and for his memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud, his most recent releases, Black Prophetic Fire and Radical King, were received with critical acclaim. In 1993, Dr. West was the winner of The American Book Award. Dr. West is a frequent guest on the Bill Maher Show, Colbert Report, CNN, C-Span and Democracy Now.