Rev. Danielle Di Bona has served Unitarian Universalism for 30 years and is the 2018 recipient of the Award for Distinguished Service to the Cause of Unitarian Universalism. In her retirement, she serves as the Palliative Care chaplain at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, MA. She is the former President and Vice President of the Diverse and Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries, and continues to serve DRUUMM as Chaplain.
Barbara Ransby is a historian, writer, and longtime political activist. Ransby has published dozens of articles and essays in popular and scholarly venues. She is most notably the author of an award-winning biography of civil rights activist Ella Baker, entitled Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision (University of North Carolina, 2003), which won no less than six major awards.
Barbara’s most recent book is Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson (Yale University Press, January 2013). She serves on the editorial boards of The Black Commentator (an online journal); the London-based journal, Race and Class; the Justice, Power and Politics Series at University of North Carolina Press; and the Scholar’s Advisory Committee of Ms. magazine. In the summer of 2012, she became the second Editor-in-Chief of SOULS, a critical journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society published quarterly.
The Rev. Dr. Janet Wolf is a poverty rights organizer, United Methodist pastor/clergy, college/seminary professor, learner/teacher/animator with think tanks inside prisons. She serves as the Dean of the Children’s Defense Fund Proctor Institute’s Dale Andrews Freedom Seminary, a collaborative of more than 20 seminaries and theological educators seeking to redefine religious leadership through the lens of the sacrality of every child. The Rev. Dr. Wolf is engaged in public theology and nonviolent direct action organizing with Children’s Defense Fund to disrupt and dismantle the cradle to prison pipeline through leadership by and partnership with those caught in pipeline and caged. She is the author of Practicing Resurrection: The Gospel of Mark and Radical Discipleship (2019) and a member of the National Council of Elders. The Rev. Dr. Wolf graduated from Vanderbilt Divinity School.