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PICTURED (LEFT TO RIGHT): Claudine Gay, Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Wilbur A. Cowett Professor of Government and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University; Mona Hanna-Attisha, the public health advocate whose research exposed the Flint water crisis, an assistant pro-fessor of pediatrics and human development, Michican State University, and the founder and director of the Michigan State University–Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative; Henry Louis Gates Jr., Alphonse Fletcher Jr. University Professor and director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, Harvard University; Theaster Gates, founder and executive director of the Rebuild Foundation, inaugu-ral distinguished artist in residence and director of artist initiatives at the Lunder Institute for American Art, and professor in the Department of Visual Arts, University of Chicago; David Adjaye, architect and principal, Adjaye Associates; Lawrence S. Bacow, president, Harvard University; Elizabeth Alexander, chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the 2007–2008 Mildred Londa Weisman Fellow at Radcliffe. Slightly occluded by all the hands raised in applause: Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, and Sarah Lewis, assistant professor of history of art and architecture and African and African American studies, Harvard University, who conceived of “Vision & Justice.” Photo by Evgenia Eliseeva

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