Civil Rights Speakers

Civil rights refer to the rights to personal liberty established by the 13th and 14th Amendments to the U.S. constitution and certain Congressional acts, especially as applied to an individual or a minority group. It can also solely refer to the rights to full legal, social, and economic equality extended to African-Americans as a minority group. Knowing one’s civil rights is vital for a variety of reasons and will help to protect you from discrimination and inequality. To learn more about civil rights for African-Americans or to educate an audience on civil rights topics, try hiring a world renowned public speaker from Great Black Speakers. Browse our extensive selection below.

Dr. Boyce Watkins         Dr. 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, arti...


Read More

Jurnee Smollett Bell

Award-winning actress and activist of rare talent and conviction, speaks on behalf of Artists for a New South Africa, Children’s Defense Fund, and U.S. State Department, to educate people around the world on issues involving HIV/AIDS, Civil Rights, etc.

Jurnee Smollett-Bell          Jurnee is an award-winning actress and activist of rare talent and conviction. She joined the cast of NBC’s critically acclaimed series, “Parenthood,” for its 5th season after co-starring in the most recent series of HBO’s “True Blood”. Jurnee also starred earlier this year in Tyler Perry’s film “Temptation.” The film was Perry’s biggest grossing box-office hit outside of his “Madea” brand.Jurnee was also ...


Read More

John Marshall

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 f...


Read More

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...


Read More

Judge Mablean Ephriam          Judge Mablean was born to Robert and Mable Ephriam in Hazlehurst, Mississippi. She is no stranger to achievement. Through hard, consistent and dedicated work, she strives to perform and do her God-given best. Since a child, she has always had that “spirit” of excellence and liberality about her.The ninth of ten children, you could always find her somewhere reading, studying, and asking countless questions...


Read More

Roland S. Martin          Roland 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 Netwo...


Read More

Ilyasah Shabazz

Daughter of Malcolm X and Author of Growing Up X

Ilyasah shabazz         ILYASAH is an activist, author, and motivational speaker. As a world traveler, she has explored religious and historical sites in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. As a citizen of the world, ILYASAH connects and activates networks and resources to create measurably positive outcomes. ILYASAH has participated in interfaith dialogue study programs under Rabbi Nancy Kreimer and Dr. Aziza Al Hibri. She served as ...


Read More

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...


Read More

Kenneth Morris

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 cou...


Read More

Keith Beauchamp

Emmy Nominated Producer / Director / Investigative filmmaker who made history unearthing the truth about Emmett Till: bringing justice to victims of injustice.

Keith A. Beauchamp         Emmy Nominated Producer/Director, Keith attended Southern University in Baton Rouge where he studied Criminal Justice with the intention of becoming a Civil Rights Attorney.As a young boy in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Beauchamp had his share of run-ins with racism but it wasn’t until an incident where he was assaulted by an undercover police officer after dancing with a white woman at a party that he felt compelled to figh...


Read More

Jamal Joseph

Panther, Poet, Professor, Prisoner and Oscar Nominee who speaks on activism, creative arts, social justice and personal transformation.

Jamal Joseph            Jamal is a Professor of Professional Practice and former chair of Columbia University’s Graduate Film Program. He is the Executive Artistic Director of New Heritage Theater and Films and the Founder of the acclaimed Impact Repertory Youth Theater of Harlem. He is an alum of the Sundance Directing Lab and the Third World Newsreel Film and Video Workshop. He serves on the advisory boards of the Tribeca Film Insti...


Read More

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...


Read More

Dr. Tererai Trent

Partnerships with Oprah Winfrey and Save the Children & One of the most internationally recognized voices for quality education and women’s empowerment.

Dr. Tererai Trent         “She’s my favorite because she symbolizes everything I believe The Oprah Show stands for. Her story encapsulates the essence of every lesson we’ve shared over the past 25 years: Hope; Your thoughts create your reality; Gratitude; It doesn’t matter where you come from; Keep reaching for your dreams: And above all… You have the power.” - Oprah WinfreyRooted in humble beginnings, Tererai grew up in a cattle-herdin...


Read More

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...


Read More

Farai Chideya         Chideya 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, as well as a Senior Writer covering politics and data at ESPN's FiveThirtyEight. Chideya is the author of six books, the first of which was D...


Read More

“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 ye...


Read More

Michael Blake        Michael humbly refers to the words of his mother who said that they went “From No House to The White House”.Michael is the National Deputy Director of Operation Vote, which oversees the constituency outreach programs for the Obama For America campaign.Operation Vote oversees all efforts to constituencies including but not limited to: African-Americans, Youth, Women, Hispanic, Faith, Veterans, Jewish, LGBT & Asian Am...


Read More

Shirley Husar

Conservative Republican, LifetimeTV Realty Star (Living with the Enemy), Urban Game Changer, Co- Host of Black Hollywood Live | Black Tea Party, Columnist Writer for the Washington Times, Communities Digital News and CEO of New APP STORY.COM

Shirley Husar         Shirley is a resident of Los Angeles, California, a Conservative Republican, a columnist writer for the Washington Times, and has been a licensed real estate agent for over 20 years.She was appointed by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to be a board member for the state of California geologists and geophysicists; where she served as a member for 4 years. She also served as a California Republican Party Delegat...


Read More

Nevil Shed

Naismith Memorial Hall of Famer trailblazer for the “Road to Glory”: led by his love of God, family, basketball and second chances.

Nevil Shed        “Basketball is life” is a phrase, but when Nevil Shed was playing basketball; his life was threatened just for daring to be great in basketball. Taunted, called every racial slur, threatened for just daring to show up, winning was not important, it was the only option. With the odds stacked against Nevil and his small and unfavorable team, they created a new road, blazed in glory, changing the world the way they knew h...


Read More

Aisha Moodie Mills

Political Commentator, Radio Host and LGBT Policy Expert.

Aisha C. Moodie-Mills         Aisha breaks down the beltway banter to explain the heart behind the headlines and the passion behind the policies shaping our nation. She appears regularly as a political commentator on MSNBC, Fox News, and Current TV, and her work has been featured by Washington Post, Essence, The Atlantic, Politico, The Root, Huffington Post, Uptown Magazine, and ThinkProgress among others.      She has been recognized ...


Read More

Arthur Milton Porter III

Empowering corporations, organizations, entrepreneurs and leaders to reach their full potential

Arthur Milton Porter III         Arthur is a premier speaker that is guaranteed to inform, entertain and empower your audience. Arthur is the CEO of Kingdom Associates, a firm dedicated to helping others to reach their maximum potential. He is an entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience of helping thousands of aspiring and existing entrepreneurs to start of grow their businesses. He speaks nationally and internationally on entrepre...


Read More

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...


Read More

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 ...


Read More

Dr. Eugene Stovall

Dr. Stovall delights audiences with trends in public education, political insights on restorative justice and marketing strategies.

Dr. Eugene Stovall      Speaker with numerous radio, TV and personal appearances.   Advocate for restorative justice using his research on the Swedish Ombudsman gained when studying at the University of Lund in Sweden.   A recognized authority on Frank Yerby, the black novelist who created the literary genre known as the costume novel, Stovall receivied his PhD in Political Theory from the Political Science Department at the University ...


Read More