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.
- November 29: Joy Harjo, 23rd United States Poet Laureate
- January 24: Michael Staudenmaier, author, We Go Where They Go: The Story of Anti-Racist Action
Previous speakers include:
- Juneteenth Celebration with Clint Smith, author, How the Word Is Passed
- H. Melt, author, There Are Trans People Here
- Dr. Kyle T. Mays, author, An Afro-Indigenous History of the United States
- Jetta Grace Martin, author, Freedom! The Story of the Black Panther Party
- Noor Hindi, poet, Dear God. Dear Bones. Dear Yellow
- Six-time WNBA all-star and two-time WNBA champion Candace Parker
- Activist, author and Chicagoan Mikki Kendall
- Cathy Park Hong, poet, Minor Feelings
- Qian Julie Wang, author, Beautiful Country
- Dr. Jessica Hernandez, author, Fresh Banana Leaves
- Dr. Anthony C. Ocampo, author, The Latinos of Asia
- Pulitzer Prize winner and author Margo Jefferson
- Keah Brown, author, The Pretty One and Sam's Super Seats
- Julissa Arce, author, You Sound Like A White Girl: The Case for Rejecting Assimilation
- Maria Hinojosa, author, Once I Was You
- Pemon Rami, author, When Blackness Was Golden!
- Helen Shiller, author, Daring to Struggle, Daring to Win
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.