African American Violence Speakers

In many African American communities, violence is very prevalent due to poverty, drugs, and gangs. This isn't just bad for black people, but for all Americans as we continue struggle to compete in the world economy. With the loss of life and communities in disarray, our African American violence speakers will share insights on how to address the problems that many communities face. This page features speakers from many different walks of life who have the same goal: reduce the level of black-on-black violence so that we can build stronger and sustainable communities.

If you like our African American violence speakers, check out our prison outreach speakers, young black men speakers, young black women speakers, at risk youth speakers.

Charles Ogletree

Founding and Executive Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice; Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Charles Ogletree          Charles is a prominent legal theorist who has made an international reputation by taking a hard look at complex issues of law and by working to secure the rights guaranteed by the Constitution for everyone equally under the law. Professor Ogletree opened the offices of The Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice (http://www.charleshamiltonhouston.org) in September 2005 as a tribute to the lege...


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Dr. Steve Perry             Dr. Steve Perry’s heart pumps passion and produces positive change. Featured in CNN's Black in America series, Dr. Perry is the most talked about innovative educator on the scene today. Perry is the founder and principal of what U.S. News and World Report has cited as one of the top schools in the country, Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, Connecticut. Capital Prep has sent 100% of its predomin...


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Van Moody

The People's Scholar - Global expert on exiting or avoiding toxic relationships and building healthy ones across your entire life

Van Moody         A Featured media expert on outlets such as Forbes, Fox News, and Wall Street Journal. Van Moody is an author, motivational speaker and media expert source who advises on matters related to relationships as they pertain to friends, family, significant others and the workplace.Moody is a “People Scholar” who understands the power and potential in developing the “right” relationships and, in kind, he helps individuals, co...


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Goldie Taylor

Goldie is sought after motivational issue driven speaker! Over her 25yr award-winning career, this journalist, opinion writer has emerged as one of the most powerful voices in public discourse.

Goldie Taylor         Over the course of her 25-year career, award-winning journalist and opinion writer Goldie Taylor has emerged as one of the most powerful voices in public discourse. Today, she is a political analyst and on-air contributor at MSNBC where she focuses principally on social justice issues. Best known for her take-no-prisoners style, Taylor has become one of the nation’s preeminent thought leaders on gun control, domest...


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Stan Foster

Award winning filmmaker (Preacher's Kid, Woman Thou Art Loosed), and CEO of Stan Foster Media. This accomplished Writer/Director/Producer/Actor/Speaker seeks to impact the world through Film & TV.

Stan Foster         Stan began his versatile career as an actor, starring in the critically acclaimed, Emmy-winning CBS television drama “Tour of Duty.”As a writer, his films have grossed millions of dollars. As a producer, he has sold and developed sitcoms, dramas and reality programming to multiple networks including CBS, FOX, MTV, Comedy Central, USA Networks, UPN, Disney and Discovery Channel.Stan Foster has collaborated on innovati...


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Karrine Steffans

New York Times Best Selling Author described as a radical feminist, her expertise lies in the fields of gender and respectability politics.

Karrine Steffans        Karrine is the New York Times bestselling author of seven titles: Confessions of a Video Vixen, The Vixen Diaries, The Vixen Manual, Satisfaction, and How to Make Love to a Martian published by Harper Collins Publishers, Hachette Book Group, USA, and Steffans Publishing Enterprises, respectively. As well as Decor and the Single Girl and Vindicated, published by BenBella Books.The author and her books have been fe...


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David Augustine

Dee-1 uses his experience as a hip hop artist, educator, and survivor from the slums of New Orleans to motivate others to live with Mission Vision and fulfill their life calling.

David Augustine  (Dee-1)          Dee-1 created his own lane in Hip-Hop by making music that motivates anyone on a mission to win the game of life. He is the epitome of soul, swag, and New Orleans—while never shying away from being the voice of the underdog who grinds with a purpose.After graduating from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree, Dee-1, born David Augustine, financed his musical dreams by teaching middle schoo...


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Chris Jones

2015 EMPOWER MAGAZINE PERSON OF THE YEAR - It’s Better To Be Prepared For An Opportunity Than To Have An Opportunity And Not Be Prepared!

Chris Jones         “Don’t Do Something Permanently Stupid Because You Are Temporarily Upset”     Chris Jones’ story enthralls, inspires, engages, captivates, and blesses the hearts of his many listeners. Whether addressing a room full of disadvantaged youths or adults, Chris’ personal life and professional successes have universal appeal.Born to teenage parents, Chris was raised by his mother in Washington, D.C. Chris never allowed him...


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Andre R. Fields, Ph.D.Dr. Andre Fields received his Doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University. Dr. Fields currently serves as a psychologist and assistant professor at Grand Rapids Community College. As an advocate for diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity, Dr. Fields purposefully merges theory, science, and practice to capture and explain the insidious impact of racism, stigma, and discrimination ...


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Rev Sharon Risher

Sharon has been very outspoken about the nation’s gun laws and is one of the national spokespersons for the grassroots advocacy groups Everytown and Moms Demand Gun Sense.

Rev. Sharon Washington Risher        Rev. Sharon was catapulted into the limelight after the Charleston, S.C. shooting at the Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17th, 2015. Her beloved mother and the church’s sexton, Mrs. Ethel Lee Lance, was killed along with eight others, including two cousins and a childhood friend. Since that horrific tragedy, Sharon has been very outspoken about the nation’s gun laws and is o...


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Marlon Haywood

Marlon specializes in civic engagement, leadership, mentorship of young black men, expression of faith, education, and self-empowerment.

Marlon Haywood           Marlon was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago in the Englewood area. Never one to let his environment dictate his future, he attended Northern Illinois University (NIU). Marlon received his Master’s Degree in Adult & Higher Education and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Liberal Studies from NIU. Currently, Marlon is a Doctoral student in the Educational Leadership program at Roosevelt University.   Marlon’s ...


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Alvin Herring

Diversity Trainer, CEO and Lead Facilitator of Side by Side, A Diversity and Community-building Company

Alvin Herring         “We are living in the most exciting time in human history! If we are willing to do the work, make the sacrifices and meet the challenges we could usher in a new era of peace, justice and true community.” These are the words that Alvin has been sharing with audiences on college and high school campuses, in corporate boardrooms and at grass root gatherings all across the country for more than two decades. Many have ...


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Elwood Watson         Elwood is a Professor of History, Gender Studies and African American Studies at East Tennessee State University. Dr. Elwood Watson is a professor, public speaker and op-ed writer. Blunt, provocative and always keepin’ it real, and known for his pull no punches, take no prisoners approach when speaking to the public or writing his on point columns, his “tell it like it is” approach has gained him a loyal and steady...


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Tye Farley

The Fixer, Specializing in political and legal crisis/reputation management

Tye Farley has over 10 years experience working in the political and legal sector as a behavioral profiler and crisis expert. Mr. Farley has his degree in behavioral science and uses those skills to help solve large legal, celebrity and political issues.  Mr. Farley is the Managing Partner at B. Clark Farley & Associates, an advanced crisis and reputation management firm headquartered in New York City. For over a decade, Mr. Farley has...


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Yolanda Tucker

America’s Master of Motivation specializes in creating leadership legacies and inspiring black youth to dream the impossible.

Yolanda M. Tucker        Yolanda delivers high energy messages which help individuals overcome adversity and inspires them to achieve their dreams. A message Yolanda has lived. In spite of dropping out of junior high school, Yolanda holds a MBA in Business Administration, a second Master’s degree in Acquisition and Contracts and a Certification of Transportation Regulatory Law from Florida Coastal School of Law. Yolanda is also an award...


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Ezekiel Walker

Revolutionary Pro-Activist with a relatable and unapologetic style of writing and speaking.

Ezekiel J. Walker        Ezekiel is a writer and lecturer residing in Durham, North Carolina.Walker most recently completed his third book, Black As I Wanna Be, which discusses the most recent recurring murders by way of police brutality and what revolutionary changes are needed to make a difference for the present and future generations of African Americans to overcome this and other institutional controls. Walker continues to collabor...


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David Dennis

Rider on the first freedom bus ride from Montgomery to Jackson, May 21, 1960. Co-directed Ms. Freedom Summer in 1964. Worked with Bob Moses to direct the implementation of Southern Initiative Algebra Project.

David J. (Dave) Dennis, Sr.         Dave interrupted his collegiate experience during his freshman year in 1961 at Dillard University in New Orleans LA to work in the 60s civil rights movement in the South, particularly Mississippi and Louisiana, where he was arrested over 30 times in relation to his activities to register disenfranchised voters.Dave was on the first freedom bus ride from Montgomery AL to Jackson MS in 1961. He served i...


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Dr. George James

With a practical approach to relationships and life, Dr. James helps bring success within the reach of those he influences!

Dr. George James, LMFT        Dr. James speaks, counsels, consults, coaches and teaches people how to overcome everyday relational struggles to build successful connections in love, family and career. With a practical approach to relationships and life, Dr. James helps bring success within the reach of those he influences!Dr. James has been a reoccurring expert guest on many radio, TV and online programs. He is also a reoccurring relati...


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Tracey L. Fisher         Mr. Fisher is a Social Motivational Speaker, Community Activist and The Face of Re-Entry in Philadelphia, PA. As the CEO of Gateway to Re-Entry, he has embraced his given mission by providing viable avenues for individuals to develop solid decision-making tools so they can successfully navigate their life journey. His mission evolved during his 22 years of incarceration in the Federal Prison System. He was the o...


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Michael Flowers (mikeflo)

mikeflo is a recording artist, producer, stylist, consultant and official tour dj for the legendary hip hop duo dead prez. mikeflo is a retired teacher and human rights activist.

Michael Flowers (mikeflo)         mikeflo is an emcee, producer, stylist, consultant and official tour dj and emcee for the legendary hip hop duo dead prez.mikeflo has been billed all over the world alongside some of the biggest names in hip-hop, including: Nas, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Kanye West, dead prez, Common, Rick Ross, Outkast, KRS-ONE, A Tribe Called Quest, Dj Premier, Dj Drama, DJ Green Lantern, and a host of other industry heav...


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Denzel D. Burnside III           Denzel is a Polymath (Consultant/Activist/Teacher/Creative/Writer/Spiritual Pioneer), born and raised in Miami-Dade county where he graduated from Coral Reef Senior High School in 2001 then later attended FAMU, but returned to finish at Florida International University. He is currently rebuilding his Multi-Media and consulting company DB3 Media, LLC. He working on launching his ministry entitled Ellee’s...


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Harriet Cammock

Harriet is the author of “Through The Fire” and is the host of “The Harriet Cammock Show”

Harriet Cammock         Harriet's mission is to transform the lives of women, men and children who have been affected by issues stemming from unresolved emotional trauma dating back to childhood. Since 2006, Harriet has organized conferences and has advocated for an end to violence against women and children. A radio personality and author, Harriet’s message is based on the principle of living your best life now! Her radio show is air...


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Cherese L. Jackson         Direct, witty, and relevant are just a few words to describe the incredible gift resident in Life Coach Cherese Jackson.       Drawing from traumatic situations in her past and the power of focus to overcome them, Cherese seems to cut directly to the issues at hand whenever she speaks. Having traveled extensively as a developer of Non-Profit & For-Profit organizations and churches she has always seemed to find...


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Rashid Darden         Rashid is a novelist. He was born in the late 1970s in Washington, DC, where he has spent his entire life, save for brief stints in Moscow, Russia and Leicester, United Kingdom.        Rashid’s first three novels are a trilogy consisting of Lazarus (2005), Covenant (2011), and Epiphany (2012). Each novel was published by Old Gold Soul Press to critical acclaim. The novels told the collected stories of Adrian Colli...


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