Voices for Justice: A Social Justice Speaker Series

The Voices for Justice series engages authors, artists, thought leaders and other experts who spark conversation around the topic of social justice and represent the diversity of Chicago's communities.

View upcoming speakers and events:

Qian Julie Wang: 6 p.m. Thursday, May 26
Author Qian Julie Wang will be in conversation with journalist Monica Eng about her book Beautiful Country.

Dr. Kyle T. Mays: 6 p.m. Monday, June 6
Dr. Mays, author of An Afro-Indigenous History of the United States, will lecture and answer submitted questions.

H. Melt: 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 22
Author H. Melt will speak about their book There Are Trans People Here.

Jetta Grace Martin: 6 p.m. Thursday, July 7
Author Jetta Grace Martin will read selections and answer questions about her debut book Freedom! The Story of the Black Panther Party.

Keah Brown: 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 27
Author Keah Brown will discuss her books The Pretty One and the soon-to-be released Sam's Super Seats.

Previous speakers include:

  • Six-time WNBA all-star and two-time WNBA champion Candace Parker
  • Activist, author and Chicagoan Mikki Kendall
  • Author Dr. Jessica Hernandez
  • Pulitzer Prize winner and author Margo Jefferson

View recordings of previous events.

This series builds on CPL’s rich history and expertise in developing programs, services, exhibits and collections that engage the community in transformative discussion and is made possible thanks to generous support from the Chicago Public Library Foundation. For more information on the Foundation, visit cplfoundation.org.