Donovan Livingston
Award-winning educator;
Author of viral speech “Lift Off”

Ericka Huggins
Educator; Black Panther Party
member; Former political

Frank Waln
Award-winning Sicangu Lakota
Hip Hop artist, producer, and

Kevin Jennings
President, Tenement Museum;
Former Assistant Deputy
Secretary of Education


Donovan Livingston is an award-winning educator, spoken word poet, and public speaker. In 2016, his Harvard Graduate School of Education convocation address “Lift Off” went viral, reaching over thirteen million views and prompting Hillary Clinton to praise, “It’s young graduates like [Livingston] who make it clear that America’s best days are still ahead.” Since his pivotal speech, Livingston has been featured on CNN, NPR, BBC, Good Morning America, and in news outlets across Europe, Australia, India, and South Africa. His convocation address was published as a book by Spiegel & Grau in 2017. He is now a doctoral candidate at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro.

Ericka Huggins is an educator, Black Panther Party member, former political prisoner, ally, and poet. For 35 years Ericka has lectured in the United States and internationally on restorative practices and the role of spiritual practice in creating social change. As a World Trust facilitator, Ericka regularly holds conversations with community organizations, campus communities, and incarcerated adults and youth where she shares her belief in the greatness of each human heart.

Frank Waln is an award-winning Sicangu Lakota Hip Hop artist, producer, and performer from the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. A recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholarship, Waln received a BA in Audio Arts and Acoustics from Columbia College. His awards include three Native American Music Awards, a National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development 2014 Native American 40 Under 40 award, and the 2014 Chicago Mayor’s Award for Civic Engagement. Waln travels the world spreading hope and inspiration through performance and workshops focusing on self-empowerment. He currently lives in Chicago, IL. Follow him on Twitter @frankwaln.

Kevin Jennings is the new President of the Tenement Museum. Prior to coming to the museum, Kevin held senior roles in the nonprofit, philanthropic, and governmental sectors, including serving as Assistant Deputy Secretary of Education in the Obama Administration. A historian by training, Kevin’s first professional job at age 18 was to be a tour guide in the Paul Revere House in Boston and he is delighted to have come “full circle” in this new role at the Tenement Museum. He is the author of seven books and the Executive Producer of two historical documentaries.