Our Selection Process

The Courageous Class is selected from hundreds of stories we collect each year. Our team of co-founders, writers, researchers, lawyers, and activists seek to highlight the most compelling, inspiring, and relatable stories across America that show the many ways that we can all stand up to hate.

Three principles guide our selection process:

Find Stories that are Untold or Under-told.

We amplify stories of standing up that deserve wider recognition.

Reflect America

We lift up courageous acts that exemplify the American ideals of justice and equality.

Inspire Action

We share stories that will inspire others to take a stand against hate.

View the Courageous Classes

The Courageous Class of 2022

The members of Courageous Class 2022 changed the face of civil rights in America, shattered the silence that surrounds hate, pushed for equality, and led multi-year campaigns against racial terror.

Meet the Class of 2022

The Courageous Class of 2021

The members of the 2021 Courageous Class inspire us to work unceasingly to ensure that America’s culture and institutions reflect the ideals of justice and inequality.

Meet the Class of 2021