Hope & Justice Honorees

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. 
Harvard University Professor, Author, and Emmy-winning Filmmaker

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University. He has authored or co-authored 22 books and created 18 documentary films, including Finding Your Roots, the Emmy-winning The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross, and Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise, which features The Fortune Society. Dr. Gates has received fifty-five honorary degrees and numerous prizes and awards, including a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” and a National Humanities Medal. In 2017, the Organization of American States named him a Goodwill Ambassador for the Rights of People of African Descent in the Americas.


Tracy Morgan
Comedian and star of The Last O.G.

Tracy Morgan is currently starring on and executive-producing the TBS show The Last O.G. His TV credits include 30 Rock, seven seasons as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, The Tracy Morgan Show, Martin, and Crank Yankers. In 2017 he had a nationwide stand-up comedy tour titled Picking Up the Pieces, and his special Staying Alive is currently on Netflix. Select film credits include: G-Force, Rio, Boxtrolls, Cop Out, First Sunday, The Longest Yard, and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Mr. Morgan is the author of I am the New Black and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2016.


Outten & Golden LLP
Advocates for Workplace Fairness

The attorneys at Outten & Golden LLP have been at the forefront of employment litigation for nearly two decades, representing employees in all sectors of the economy and confronting systemic discrimination in hiring, compensation, promotion, and wrongful termination. The firm is a proud partner of The Fortune Society in its mission to help individuals with criminal justice involvement reenter the workforce. Together, Outten & Golden and The Fortune Society have successfully challenged criminal history background checks used by some of the largest U.S. employers to reject otherwise qualified applicants, chipping away at the stigma of incarceration.

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