Stuart Hall (1932–2014) was an influential Jamaican-born British sociologist and cultural theorist. He was Professor of Sociology at the Open University, the founding editor of New Left Review, and Director of the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at the University of Birmingham.
Kobena Mercer is Professor of History of Art and African American Studies at Yale University.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., is the author of numerous books, most recently Stony the Road and The Black Church. He is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University.