2019

Tim Wise

2018

 Luis Alberto Urrea

2017

Dr. Robert D. Bullard

2016

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II

2015

Geoffrey Canada

2014

Douglas Blackmon

2013

Julia Alvarez

2012

Bishop Howard Hubbard

2011

Van Jones

2010

Charles Ogletree

2009

Michael Eric Dyson

2008

Bernice Johnson Reagon

2007

Julian Bond

2006

John Lewis

2005

Morris Dees

2004

Calvin O. Butts, III

2003

Joycelyn Elders

2002

Bernice King

2001

Eric H. F. Law

2000

Lani Guinier

1999

Johnetta B. Cole

1998

Cornel West

1997

Jonathan Kozol

1996

Marian Wright Edelman

1995

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

1994

Elie Wiesel

1993

Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot

1992

Robert Coles

1991

Ruby Dee

1990

Rev. Allan Boesak

1989

Eleanor Holmes Norton

1988

Harry Belafonte