2017 National Finalist

Jericho  Brown

Artist Expression

Jericho Brown
Author

Jericho Brown is the recipient of fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the National Endowment for the Arts. HIs poems have appeared in The New York Times and The New Yorker. His first book, Please (New Issues 2008), won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament (Copper Canyon 2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. He is an associate professor Emory University.

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Isaiah Wilson

Oustanding Millennial Future Leader

Isaiah Wilson
Activist

Isaiah R. Wilson is the Director of External Affairs for the National Black Justice Coalition, where he is focused on the public policy implications of critical issues for Black LGBTQ and same gender loving (SGL) people. His issue areas include: health and wellness; HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention; safe and inclusive schools; employment non-discrimination; relationship recognition; anti-violence; and economic justice. Isaiah leads the organization's efforts to advocate for sound policy solutions that empower Black LGBTQ/SGL people in the United States, and plays an integral role in the development of NBJC's rapid response messaging strategy that speaks to the diverse needs of its constituency at the intersection of racial justice and LGBTQ equality. His ultimate role as the external affairs director is to authentically integrate Black LGBTQ/SGL people's challenges into the greater dialogue within African American communities in order to spur a more inclusive racial justice movement.