Charles E. Cobb Jr. is a former field secretary of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), a journalist, and the author of a number of books including Radical Equations: Civil Rights from Mississippi to the Algebra Project (with Robert Moses) and This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get you Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible (Basic Books, 2014).
Renée Watson is an author of both picture books and young adult novels. Her novel, Piecing Me Together, received a Coretta Scott King Award and Newbery Honor. With Nikole Hannah-Jones, Watson wrote The 1619 Project: Born on the Water. Many of her books are inspired by her experiences growing up as a Black girl in the Pacific Northwest. Her poetry and fiction center around the experiences of Black girls and explore themes of home, identity, body image, and the intersections of race, class, and gender.