There is so much to learn about social justice. Even if you’re not just starting on this journey, it can feel as if you’re taking a sip from a fire hose. Truthfully, there are so many incisive and powerful influencers on Instagram, the difficulty wasn’t finding social justice influencers – it was narrowing them down to a paltry dozen.
We know this list isn’t even close to all-encompassing. There are so many influencers educating us on social justice – and doing it in clever, provocative, and dynamic ways. We exhort you to dig deep into each account and discover who these influencers follow, are friends with, tag, as well as what hashtags they use. This initial list is just a means for you to get a glimpse; it is an apéritif – not the main course.
If you are able, please consider financially (or otherwise) supporting these influencers for their labor and work.
The following list is arranged in alphabetical order, by forename:
Bianca I Laureano is an award-winning educator, facilitator, sexologist, curriculum writer for communities of color, foundress of the Women of Color Sexual Health Network (WOCSHN), The LatiNegrxs Project, ANTE UP! Virtual Freedom Professional Development School for Justice Workers, and hosts LatinoSexuality.com. Her Instagram highlights her work, sex positivity, activism, and disability and sexuality.
Blair Imani is a queer Black Muslim, a critically-acclaimed historian, advocate, activist, public speaker, and the author of two historical books: Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History and Making Our Way Home: The Great Migration and The Black American Dream. She is also the co-host of America Did What?!, and serves as the official ambassador of Muslims for Progressive Values. Her Instagram emphasizes history, with a focus on women and girls, global Black communities, and the LGBTQ community.
Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed is a video journalist, columnist, blogger, public speaker, and a regular contributor to Huffington Post Canada. On Instagram, her posts center around activism, speaking up against Islamophobia, anti-racist work, clips from her speaking engagements, and her life and family.
Hannah Drake is a poet, writer, speaker, storyteller, spoken-word artist, activist, and author of many books, including Views from the Back Pew. Her Instagram feed focuses on justice, screenshots of her Twitter account, activism, thought-provoking quotations (many of her own), and snippets of her poetry.
Janus Adams is an Emmy award-winning journalist, historian, talk show host, publisher, author of over twelve books, and was a member of one of the first groups of students to integrate the New York school system. Her Instagram shares videos of her speaking, her work, history, inspirational stories, and her work with youth.
Jen White Johnson is an ADHD designer, Afro-Boricua mom, and art activist who uses her art for protest and disability awareness. Her Instagram platform empowers and encourages conversations about accepting, valuing, and not-erasing Black disabled children from the media.
Jessica Wilson is a registered dietician who centers and elevates the stories and experiences of folks with marginalized identities in regard to food and bodies. Her Instagram posts highlight the work and labor of Black women – particularly in her field – body liberation, eating disorders, and activism.
Jesyka Harris is a multi-ethnic fashion model, human rights advocate, activist, attorney, and has served a variety of sectors. Her Instagram feed shows her home life, discusses her activist work, and integrates justice into fashion, food, and parenting.
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer disabled femme writer, educator, organizer, performance artist, and author of multiple books including Tonguebreaker, Bridge of Flowers, Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice, Dirty River: A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way Home. Her Instagram features her work, disability justice, care work, defunding the police, activism, and her life.
Quiana Agbai is a communicator, connector, consultant, and sought-after speaker on parenting, racial and social justice, gun violence, and life as an entrepreneur. Follow her Instagram, in particular for her IG stories, but also for beautiful glimpses into her life, her family, and humor.
Rachel Cargyle is a public academic, writer, lecturer, activist, and author of her upcoming book, I Don’t Want Your Love and Light. Her Instagram account highlights her various courses, her work, and how to intentionally break down systems that continually disenfranchise the Black community – but especially Black women.
Terisa Siagatonu is an award-winning poet, speaker, mental health educator, community leader, and teaching artist. Many of her slam poetry videos have gone viral. Her Instagram focuses on her work, her poetry, activism, Oceania, migrant workers’ rights, Indigenous rights, and Black Lives Matter.
These 12 social justice influencers are just a taste of the extraordinary influencers doing the work. We hope it’s just enough to pique your curiosity and help you find and follow other influencers from whom to learn and love. If you are able, please consider supporting their work and labor financially or socially.