Cynthia McKinney has never been afraid to challenge the status quo. As a member of the Democratic Party, she served six terms in the United States House of Representatives. Until 2000, McKinney served on the House International Relations Committee, where she was the highest-ranking Democrat on the Human Rights Subcommittee.
McKinney served as commissioner on The Citizens’ Commission on 9/11. On October 26, 2004, she was among 100 Americans and 40 family members of those who were killed and who signed the 9/11 Truth Movement statement, calling for new investigations into unexplained aspects of the event.
She also advocates for victims of Hurricane Katrina – one of the worst disasters in recent American history.
McKinney hosted the first delegation of Afro-Latinos from Central and South America and worked with the World Bank and the U.S. State Department to recognize Afro-Latinos.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the 24th and current president of Liberia.
Sirleaf was awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize jointly with Leymah Gbowee of Liberia, and Tawakel Karman of Yemen. The women were recognized “for their nonviolent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.”
Sirleaf also authored, “Women, War and Peace: The Independent Experts’ Assessment on the Impact of Armed Conflict on Women and Women’s Role in Peace Building.”