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African American Lecture Series Speakers Through GBS



When choosing a speaker for an African American lecture series, integrity and expertise are important qualifications. Great Black Speakers recognizes the need for communicators whose knowledge is also culturally relevant. We are the leading source for public speakers for African American lecture series.

Here are three highly sought after candidates that are part of our 200+ roster.

Dr. Boyce Watkins

Known as The People’s Scholar, Dr. Watkins is an expert in finance, education, and black social commentary. Holding a Masters Degree in Mathematical Statistics and a Ph.D from Ohio State University, his career highlights include:

  • Global research presence at Syracuse University, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics in China, The Center for European Economic Research in Germany, and Carnegie Mellon
  • Research heavily cited by national print media including USA Today, Forbes Magazine, Essence Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal.
  • Appearances in national media outlets including CNN, BET, The New York Times, and The Washington Post
  • National Director of the Step Up and Go to College Program

Donna Brazile

Donna Brazile is a leading political commentator, Democratic strategist, and Chair of the Voting Rights Institute. Ms. Brazile’s credits include:

    • Vice Chair of Voter Registration and Participation at the Democratic National Committee
    • on-air contributor to CNN, NPR, and ABC
    • campaign manager for former Vice President Al Gore
    • named among the 100 Most Powerful Women by Washingtonian magazine and Top 50 Women in America by Essence magazine

Judy Smith

Judy Smith is the president and founder of the crisis communications firm Smith & Co. She is also the inspiration behind the hit ABC drama Scandal. Highlights from Ms. Smith’s career include:

      • Management of the the President Clinton scandal and the Enron inquiry
      • Crisis consultant for clients such as actor Wesley Snipes, NFL quarterback Michael Vick, and the family of Chandra Levy
      • social commentator for media outlets including CNN, MSNBC, ABC, and Fox News
      • former Special Assistant and Deputy Press Secretary to President George H. W. Bush
      • previous Senior Vice-President of Corporate Communications at NBC

Great Black Speakers aims to inspire, educate, and motivate. Visit our website at www.greatblackspeakers.com for more information on booking these and other excellent speakers for your next African American lecture series.


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