Black History Month Speakers
Created by Carter G. Woodson in 1926, Black History Month initially started off as “Negro History Week” commemorating the accomplishments of African Americans and the various contributions we have made to American history and culture. Through our lectures gain a greater appreciation for the trailblazers who fought and died for the rights we enjoy in this present day. Black History Month speakers are here to take the baton that has been passed down to them and lead the next generation into continuing a legacy of greatness. If you like our black history month speakers, then you should also check out our women's history month speakers, black social commentary speakers, and Martin Luther King Day speakers.
The People's Scholar who specializes in finance, education, and black social commentary.
- Academic, Association, At Risk Youth, Author, Black History Month, Black Men , Black Social Commentary, Black Student Union , Civil Rights, College Orientation, Commencement, Constitution Day, Diversity, Education, Emancipation Proclamation , Finance, Homecoming, Martin Luther King Day, Personal Finance, STEM, Young Black Men
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- New York
Dr. Boyce WatkinsDr. Boyce is one of the most highly sought after African-American scholars in the world. Specializing in financial psychology, educational motivation, and black social commentary, Dr. Watkins has presented his message to millions, making regular appearances on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, ABC News, BET, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Black Enterprise Magazine and many more national media outlets. Brilliant, articulate, and practic...
Emmy Award Winning Actress
Lynn WhitfieldGrowing up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Lynn Whitfield first watched the likes of Audrey Hepburn in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and Bette Davis in "All About Eve" from her grandmother's lap. She loved classic movies and with child-like confidence, she could see no reason she could not become an actress and some day play those same types of roles. Over the course of nearly three decades, the talent of the little girl who dreamed of being...
Award-winning Actor, Best-selling Author, and Philanthropist.
- 100 Black Men, Acting, Alpha Phi Alpha, Arts, Association, Author, Black History Month, Black Men , Black Social Commentary, Black Student Union , Campus Activity, College Orientation, Commencement, Constitution Day, Emancipation Proclamation , Film, NPHC Fraternities/Sororities, High Achieving Youth, Homecoming, Law School, Relationship
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Hill Harper Hill is an award winning actor, bestselling author and philanthropist. Hill is the author of three New York Times bestsellers: Letters to a Young Brother, Letters to a Young Sister, and The Conversation. Letters to a Young Brother was named “Best Book for Young Adults” by the American Library Association in 2007.Hill currently stars on the hit television drama CSI:NY as Dr. Sheldon Hawkes. CSI is the most successful televisi...
Actor, TV Host, Emcee and Youth Mentor
Terrence JenkinsTerrence J is a young man with a master plan. From apprenticing with NASCAR® to working on radio and throwing some of the best social gatherings around, Terrence J has been preparing himself for superstardom and making sure that his life is the American Dream, blasted out of the box. Now, he’s using his hosting spot on BET®’s 106 and Park, the hottest music program in the world (airing in the US, Japan and the UK), to take his pla...
Emmy Award-winning Newsmaker, Producer, Writer, Broadcaster, and Host of BET Tonight.
- 100 Black Men, Association, At Risk Youth, Black History Month, Black Men , Black Social Commentary, Black Student Union , Celebrity, Commencement, Emancipation Proclamation , Homecoming, Media, Martin Luther King Day, Multicultural Affairs, NAACP, National Bar Association, National Urban League, Race Relations , Young Black Men
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- District Of Columbia
Ed Gordon Hard hitting, inspiring, intelligent, honest, and direct. These are some of the words used to describe the style and approach of Emmy award winning broadcaster Ed Gordon. Known for his stellar interaction with newsmakers from the worlds of politics, entertainment, and sports his name is synonymous with the “big” interview. Gordon’s knack for landing exclusives and his no-nonsense style make him one of television’s most resp...
Award-winning Journalist and National Television Personality
T.J. Holmes Holmes inked a multi-platform talent agreement with BET Networks that includes “Don’t Sleep” (a new, original late-night program) as well as other content.Prior to joining BET Networks, Holmes was a familiar face to television viewers as a news anchor and correspondent at CNN for more than 5 years. Holmes reported from the scene of numerous breaking news events, including Joplin, MO, which was devastated by multiple tornadoes ...
John Marshall, son of Thurgood Marshall, our nation's first African-American U.S. Supreme Court Justice, specializes in motivational speeches dealing with his father's role in our nation's civil rights movement and his place in American History.
John W. Marshall John is the younger of two sons of Thurgood Marshall, the lead attorney in Brown v Board of Education, and our nation’s first African-American Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. John specializes in motivational speeches dealing with his father’s role in our nation’s civil rights movement and his place in American history. He has also been the featured speaker for numerous law enforcement and fire and re...
Executive Director of The National Council for Negro Women
Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeeverAn authoritative voice on race, gender, politics, and the production of positive social change, Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever is widely regarded as one of the most engaging and informative political and social commentators in the US. Currently serving as the Executive Director of the National Council of Negro Women, the nation’s oldest organization devoted to the advancement of both civil rights and women’s rights, her work catal...
- Association, At Risk Youth, Attitude, Black History Month, College Orientation, Commencement, Constitution Day, Domestic Violence, Emancipation Proclamation , Family, Homecoming, Law School, Martin Luther King Day, Women in Law, Women in Media, Women in Society, Womens Empowerment, Youth Motivational
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Judge Karen Mills-FrancisJudge Karen Mills-Francis has a colorful and engaging style that is as distinctive as her bold burgundy robe and her bright blonde hair. As quick to aid the helpless as she is to dismiss the hare-brained, Judge Karen confidently dished out justice to a national television audience with the half-hour syndicated courtroom series, Judge Karen. She is famous for the lines "Stay in your Lane, I know how to Drive". For fall 201...
Roland S. MartinRoland is a nationally award-winning and multifaceted journalist. A nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate and the author of Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith, and Speak, Brother! A Black Man’s View of America. He also serves as executive editor of the Chicago Defender, the nation’s largest Black daily newspaper. Mr. Martin is a commentator for TV One Cable Network also host of “Th...
World-renowned poet and thought leader on black social commentary
Nikki GiovanniNikki Giovanni is a world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator. Over the past thirty years, her outspokenness, in her writing and in lectures, has brought the eyes of the world upon her. One of the most widely-read American poets, she prides herself on being “a Black American, a daughter, a mother, a professor of English.”Giovanni remains as determined and committed as ever to the fight for civil rights and equ...
Iconic entertainer and humanitarian
Harry Belafonte Harry has been called “the consummate entertainer”- an artist in every field in which, he has participated - a concert singer, a recording artist, a movie, Broadway and television star and producer. Belafonte’s activity in the human rights struggle is globally respected. His awards and recognitions include both worlds, as artist and humanitarian. He believes that his work for human rights and his artistic pursuits give hi...
Celebrity Medical/Diet Expert, Author, Radio Host & Speaker
Dr. Ian K. Smith Dr. Smith has served as the medical/diet expert for six seasons on VH1’s highly-rated “Celebrity Fit Club,” the creator and founder of The 50 Million Pound Challenge and The Makeover Mile?, and a medical contributor on the nationally syndicated television show “Rachael Ray.”Dr. Smith is also the host of his own nationally syndicated radio show “HealthWatch” on American Urban Radio Networks.He is the former medical corresp...
Former Chief Presiding Judge of the Fulton County Georgia Juvenile Court and star of The Judge Hatchett Show.
Judge Glenda A. Hatchett A graduate of Mt. Holyoke College and Emory University School of Law, where she was an Earl Warren Scholar, Hatchett completed a prestigious federal clerkship in the United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia. She then spent nearly 10 years at Delta Air Lines, where she was the airline’s highest-ranking woman of color worldwide. As Senior Attorney, she represented Delta in labor/personnel and ant...
Academician, Author, and Media Personality Committed to Raising Awareness of Issues Facing the Black Community
- Academic, Association, Author, Black History Month, Black Social Commentary, Black Student Union , Business School, Civil Rights, College Leadership, College Success, Commencement, Economic Development, Education, Martin Luther King Day, Multicultural Affairs, Race Relations , Women in Society, Womens Empowerment, Young Black Women
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- North Carolina
Dr. Julianne Malveaux Recognized for her provocative, progressive and insightful observations, Dr. Julianne Malveaux, an economist, author and commentator, is the President and CEO of Last Word Productions, Inc, a multimedia production company. Described by Dr. Cornel West as “the most iconoclastic public intellectual in the country”, Dr. Malveaux’s contributions to the public dialogue on issues such as race, culture, gender, and their ec...
Change in Order to Survive...The Professional and Personal Challenges of Starting a Business in a Recession
Michael GravesAn exceptionally motivated, sales and marketing professional who has effectively led large and diverse organizations to achieve profitable results and consistently exceed industry growth averages. A results-driven executive with a proven track record of success; designing, establishing, launching and revitalizing corporate brands by utilizing consumer insights, social media and analytics. A charismatic leader, committed to exceedin...
Direct Descendant of Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington
Kenneth B. Morris, Jr. – Keynote Speaker Founder & President, Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives “Today I held history in my hands! Your legacy and passion for creating change is an inspiration.” Mr. Morris descends from two of the most important names in American history: he is the great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass and the great-great grandson of Booker T. Washington.His life until the year 2007 could be described as distin...
Lenora is a Certified Professional Speaker (CSP), a past president of the National Speakers Association, and will be the 2014 president of the Global Speakers Federation.
Lenora Billings-HarrisCertified Speaking Professional (CSP)Diversity and Inclusion is a full-time focus, not just one topic among many for Lenora Billings-Harris. Her ability to transform multifaceted diversity and inclusion concepts into immediately applicable "how to's" have enabled her to help organizations intentionally create and sustain inclusive work cultures that challenge each individual to accelerate their efforts toward achieving maxim...
Award-winning author, journalist, professor, and lecturer.
Farai Chideya Farai has combined media, technology, and socio-political analysis during her 20-year career as an award-winning author, journalist, professor, and lecturer. She is currently a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. She was also a spring 2012 fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics. She frequently appears on public radio and cable television, speaking about issues ...
International HIV/AIDS Activist & Humanitarian
Hydeia Broadbent At birth, Hydeia Broadbent was abandoned at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas where Patricia and Loren Broadbent adopted her as an infant. Although her HIV condition was congenital, she was not diagnosed as HIV-positive with advancement to AIDS until age three. The prognosis was that she would not live past the age of five. Now at the age of 27, Hydeia spends her time spreading the message of H...
Award Winning Filmmaker, Author, and Community Activist
“The most prolific African American Filmmaker of this generation, that 90% of African Americans have never heard of...” JANKS MORTON is a groundbreaking international and award winning Documentarian. As founder of iYAGO ENTERTAINMENT GROUP, LLC, he states “the company came into existence to reflect both the conscious and unconscious soul of Black America". JANKS MORTON has been in the entertainment industry for more than 20 years and is...
Singer, Writer, Producer, Composer, Actor, Speaker, Activist and Host.
Chaz ShepherdChaz is the 20th Century Self-Motivational & Inspirational Speaker, dedicated to helping you become Better. From singing your soul happy and invoking a better you to hosting the Apollo theater, Chaz reaches for you one way or another.Chaz Shepherd was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he still lives. The son of the great Cheryl Shepherd and Ronald Shepherd, Chaz inherited creative talent and Charisma that pleasantly touches th...
Michael Cottman is White House Correspondent and Commentator with Rev. Al Sharpton's national radio show, who offers unique insights about President Obama's social policies, racial diversity, scuba diving slave ships and balancing work and marriage.
Michael H. CottmanMichael, an award-winning Journalist and Author, is a Senior Correspondent for BlackAmericaWeb.com, a division of REACH Media/Radio One, the nation’s largest black-owned media company.Cottman covers the White House and offers commentary and political analysis about President Barack Obama, focusing primarily on how the Obama administration’s economic, education and health-care policies impact African Americans and people of color...
Black Academic “D.I.V.A.” Thought leader on race, gender, and diversity issues.
Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder Dr. Wilder is a sociologist and scholar specializing in race relations, gender, and diversity issues. She is currently an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of North Florida. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Florida. In addition to her studies in sociology, JeffriAnne completed a Ph.D. concentration in Women's Studies and gender research.As a black woman and sociologist, Dr. Wilde...