Listed below are the names of the heroes featured in the Transcendients: Heroes at Borders exhibition. Click on their names to learn more about each hero.

Kim Abeles

    Artist and professor

Manal J. Aboeleta

    Public health advocate

The Accomplices—Mike Sonksen, Peter Woods, Chiwan Choi

    Independent Publishing Collective

Bernice Akamine

    Artist, community activist, and ancestral historian

Susan B. Anthony

    Social reformer and women’s rights activist, especially regarding suffrage and the passing of the 19th Amendment

Betto Arcos

    Broadcast journalist

Jacob Bender

    Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations (Philadelphia Chapter)

Lauren Bon

    Artist and philanthropist

Father Greg Boyle

    Jesuit priest and founder, Homeboy Industries

Jeff Chang

    Author, journalist, and hip-hop historian

Cesar Chavez

    Civil rights leader, Latino and farm labor activist, community organizer, champion of nonviolent social change, and cultural icon

Nalleli Cobo

    Co-founder, South L.A. Youth Leadership Coalition

Leonard Cohen

    Canadian singer/songwriter, poet, artist, and novelist whose work explored subjects from depression to sexuality, loss, religion, politics, death and pacifism

Robbie Conal

    Painter and prominent street artist

Patrisse Cullors

    Co-founder, Black Lives Matter Global Network; founder/chair, Dignity and Power Now and Reform L.A. Jails

Kamau Daáood

    Poet, musician, curator, and educator

Zackary Drucker

    Multimedia artist and television producer

East Los Streetscapers

    Muralists and public art makers

Rudy Espinoza

    Executive Director, Inclusive Action for the City

Ron Finley

    Artist, Gangsta Gardener, and community leader

Rabbi Susan Goldberg

    Congregational leader, Nefesh (Los Angeles)

Gilda Haas

    Co-founder, Strategic Actions for a Just Economy

Lisa Harper

    Author; founder and president, Freedom Road

Aziza Hasan

    Executive Director, NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change

Lena Horne

    Iconic singer, dancer, actress, and noted civil rights and anti-segregation activist who self-funded integrated USO tours and worked with Eleanor Roosevelt on anti-lynching laws

Satsuki Ina

    Writer, filmmaker, and therapist

Helen Keller

    Author and activist for women’s suffrage, labor rights, social justice, and peace; the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree

traci kato-kiriyama

    Performer and principal writer of PULLproject Ensemble and Director/co-founder of Tuesday Night Project

Daniel Dae Kim

    Actor, director, and producer

Martin Luther King Jr.

    Nobel Peace Prize winning Baptist minister and visionary civil rights, social justice, voting rights and anti-war activist; proponent of nonviolence and civil disobedience

David Kipen

    Literary critic and founder, Libros Schmibros Bookstore and Lending Library

Evan Kleiman

    Radio host, restaurateur, chef, author

Yuri Kochiyama

    Civil rights and peace activist, colleague of Malcolm X, advocate for marginalized and underservrd communities, political prisoners, nuclear disarmament, and reparations for incarcerated Japanese Americans

Fred Korematsu

    Activist known for the landmark Japanese American civil rights lawsuit that bears his name, challenging in the Supreme Court the Executive Order that allowed for mass incarceration

Hirokazu Kosaka

    Buddhist priest and master artist

DJ Kurs

    Artistic Director, Deaf West Theatre

Queen Lili‘uokalani

    First queen and last sovereign monarch of the Kingdom of Hawai‘i before 1893 overthrow, who spent her life petitioning to have the islands’ sovereignty restored

Andy Lipkis

    Founder, TreePeople

Adonia E. Lugo, Ph.D.

    Co-founder, People for Mobility Justice

Lewis MacAdams

    Poet, journalist, and co-founder, Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR)

John Malpede

    Performance artist and founder, Los Angeles Poverty Development

Robert Mapplethorpe

    Photographer best known for his intimate portraits, still lifes, and controversial sex-forward self-portraits, whose images of New York City gay culture fueled a national debate on arts funding

Ima Matul

    Survivor Coordinator, Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking

Russell Means

    Actor, author, performer, and activist who led the American Indian Movement (AIM) and has attracted national and international media and government attention to the struggles of indigenous peoples around the world

Harvey Milk

    American politician who was the first openly gay elected official in California, and indeed the United States, later assassinated

Dale Minami

    Attorney and senior counsel at Minami Tamaki

Nobuko Miyamoto

    Performing artist and founder, Great Leap

Rick Nahmias

    Writer, photographer, and founder, Food Forward

Viet Thanh Nguyen

    Pulitzer Prize–winning writer

Ara Oshagan

    Artist, author, curator, and community activist

Maya Paley

    Co-founder, Change the Talk (National Council of Jewish Women)

Rosa Parks

    Civil rights activist who sparked the Montgomery bus boycott, later honored by Congress as “the First Lady of civil rights” and “the mother of the freedom movement” in America

Jonathan Ryan

    Executive Director, Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES)

Angelica Salas

    Executive Director, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA)

Hadi Salehi

    Photographer and humanitarian

Rev. Alexia Salvatierra

    Faith-based immigration advocacy

Nandita Sharma

    Professor of Racism, Migration, and Transnationalism in the Department of Sociology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Johng Ho Song

    Executive Director, Koreatown Youth and Community Center

George Takei

    Actor, author, and activist

Nainoa Thompson

    Native Hawaiian navigator and President, Polynesian Voyaging Society

Haunani Trask

    Artist and social activist, Hawaiian Studies

Lula & Erwin Washington

    Co-founders, Lula Washington Contemporary Dance Foundation

Bill Watanabe

    Founding Executive Director, Little Tokyo Service Center

Lisa Watson

    CEO, Downtown Women’s Center

Carol Wells

    Founder and Director, Center for the Study of Political Graphics

Kristi Yamaguchi

    Olympic gold medalist, author, and literacy activist


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Top: Taiji Terasaki, Reinterpreting Toyo Miyatake Photographs (Toyo Miyatake, Self-Portrait and Cutting Barbed Wire, both 1945), 2019.