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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 WatkinsDr. Boyce Watkins 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...


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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 Smollett-Bell is an award-winning actress and activist of rare talent and conviction. She most recently joined the cast of NBC’s critically acclaimed series, “Parenthood,” for it’s 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. Jurn...


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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 legendary civil rights ...


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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. MarshallJohn W. Marshall 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...


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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 that could drive ...


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Ilyasah Shabazz

Daughter of Malcolm X and Author of Growing Up X

Ilyasah shabazzILYASAH 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 a member of the Ame...


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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...


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Harry Belefonte

Iconic entertainer and humanitarian

Harry BelafonteHarry 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 him the bas...


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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 Institute, Imagenation, ...


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Dr. Julianne MalveauxRecognized 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 economic im...


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Keith Beauchamp

Investigative filmmaker who made history unearthing the truth about Emmett Till: bringing justice to victims of injustice

Keith BeauchampEmmy Nominated Producer/ Director, Keith A. Beauchamp 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 f...


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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 could be described as distin...


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Shirley Husar

Conservative Republican Political Consultant Pundit, Barter System Digital Marketing Strategist, Inspirational Entrepreneurship, Real Estate Sales

Shirley HusarColumnist, Writer, Urban Game Changer, Washington Times Communities and licensed real estate agent, CEO of URBAN GAME CHANGER is living in Los Angeles, California. Personal Appointed by the 38th Governor Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger to the position of Governor Appointee Board Member for The Geologists and The Geophysicists for the State of California Governor Appointee Board Member served for 4 years. Server as a California Republica...


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Farai ChideyaFarai is a multimedia journalist who has worked in print, television, online, and radio. Prior to joining NPR's News & Notes, Chideya hosted Your Call, a daily news and cultural call-in show on San Francisco's KALW 91.7 FM. Chideya has also been a correspondent for ABC News, anchored the prime time program Pure Oxygen on the Oxygen women's channel, and contributed commentaries to CNN, Fox, MSNBC, and BET. She got her start as a resea...


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Dr. Mark SawyerMark Sawyer is currently a Professor of African American Studies and Political Science at UCLA, the Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Politics and the Chair of the UCLA Interdisciplinary Program in Afro-American Studies. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago in December of 1999. In fall of 2005 he was a Visiting Associate Professor at the Department of African and Afric...


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“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 a much s...


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Michael BlakeMichael Blake 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 American Pacif...


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Gregg RileyGregg is a growth, leadership and performance expert who has led people and organizations to success for over 30 years. A retired Army Colonel, Gregg delivers high impact, insightful presentations that leaves audiences energized, informed, inspired, mesmerized and ready to take positive action. He is quickly becoming one of the most sought after motivational speakers around.Gregg produced world-class results serving as an Army Communic...


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Clay CaneClay Cane is a New York City-based, radio personality and award-winning journalist. His work covers various topics: pop culture, sexuality, race, religion, social networking and personal branding. Raised in both Washington State and Philadelphia, his diverse racial and socio-economic background has fueled him to consistently deliver edgy commentary, which has garnered a strong following on his social commentary website, ClayCane.net, a 2...


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Matthew Fogg

'And Justice For All' - Renowned Federal Agent Whistleblower on racism behind the blue wall of silence - Law enforcement subject matter expert - EEO Expert - 1st Responder at NYC Ground Zero on 9/11

Matthew F. FoggExecutive Director, “And Justice For All” INC. Matthew Fogg – and justice for all BIOGRAPHY “One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson Matthew F. Fogg retired as a Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal with 34 years of outstanding public service. He is currently the Federally Employed Women (www.FEW.org) National Vice President for Congressional Relations and the only male FEW National Board Member. Matthew is the 2013 Nationa...


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Aisha Moodie-Mills

Political Commentator, Radio Host, & LGBT Policy Expert

Aisha C. Moodie-MillsAisha C. Moodie-Mills 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 as one o...


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Dr. Christi Griffin

Author of Incarcerations in Black and White: The Subjugation of Black America. She is a retired attorney and leading authority on the impact of crime, mass incarceration and injustice on children, families and the community.

Dr. Christi GriffinDr. Christi Griffin has riveted audiences with the realities of mass incarceration and its impact on children, families and the community. Since founding the non-profit organization, The Ethics Project, she has spoken to educators, students, law enforcement, church congregations, community leaders and non-profit CEO’s on the dangers of ignoring an ever growing system of incarcerations that has ravaged state budgets and closed h...


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Anne C. BaileyAnne is a writer, historian, and a tenured professor of History and Africana Studies at SUNY Binghamton (State University of New York). In her work, she combines the elements of travel, adventure, history, and an understanding of contemporary issues with an accessible style. Her works range from adult non-fiction to children’s historical fiction, and include African Voices of the Atlantic Slave Trade: Beyond the Silence and the Sham...


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Dr. Ricky Jones

Academician, Author and Thought Leader on Politics, Black Greek Letter Organizations and Black Male Identity

Dr. Ricky L. JonesRaised by his maternal grandmother in Atlanta, Georgia's Carver Homes housing project, Dr. Ricky not only became the first member of his immediate family to graduate high school, but by age 29 he also earned a Ph.D. Currently, he is full professor (the youngest at his University when appointed), past chair, and Director of the "Center on Race and Inequality" at the University of Louisville. He is a Morehouse College alumnus and ...


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Edward Hall

Motivational speaker for over 20 years, speaking at schools, colleges, and churches.

Edward HallEdward has done motivational speeches for over 20 years, speaking at schools, colleges, and churches. Other speaking opportunities landed him at the Capitol in Washington, DC on behalf of small businesses, as well as the Capitol building in Harrisburg, PA. "Motivational speaking is something I feel very strong about, but what I am truly passionate about is my reenactment of speeches done by Martin Luther King Jr. He is a political icon...


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Selena CuffeSelena is the President and CEO of Heritage Link Brands, LLC, the largest company in North America dedicated to importing and marketing wine produced by indigenous Africans. With wines that have been featured by media outlets including TIME and PBS, the company’s South African portfolio has won industry accolades from the International Wine Challenge, Decanter Magazine, and Wine Spectator, among others. Customers include household nam...


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Doshon FaradMr. Doshon Farad was educated at William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ, where he majored in Communications and African-American studies. Mr. Farad has been pursuing journalism since his freshmen year in college in 1996. He has nearly twenty years of experience in broadcasting, TV and radio. Some of Mr. Farad's influences include Gil Noble, Dr. Tony Brown, Ed Gordon, Tavis Smiley and Dr. Michael Eric Dyson. Farad delves into issues...


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Charlie Hardy

The educator who was an eye witness to one of the most defining moments in the quest for equality.

Charlie E. Hardy, President & CEOCentre For Excellence, LLC EducationJuly 2005, Master of Arts Degree, Organizational Management, University of Phoenix1996 Life Underwriters Training Council Fellow, Washington, DC1972 Registered Representative National Association of Securities DealersMay 1962, Bachelor of Science, Secondary Education, Alabama State UniversityMay 1958, High School Diploma, Booker T. Washington High School, Montgomery, ALCareer E...


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James Bullet Hickman

Publisher, national best-selling author, CEO, motivational speaker, documentary film maker, entrepreneur and visionary.

Publisher, Author, Entrepreneur, CEO, and Documentary Filmmaker James Bullet Hickman shares his expertise in showing us how to dream big and the attitude we need to accomplish our biggest dreams. James Bullet Hickman mastery of business in his powerful book Motivation the Self Starting Entrepreneurs Guide to Business, touching subjects of personal empowerment and business motivation. * How to write a business plan* How to turn your ideas into a ...


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Bertha Lewis

President and Founder of the The Black Institute, & Former CEO of ACORN

Bertha M. Lewis Bertha Lewis is the President & Founder of The Black Institute, which she founded in 2010 to assist with holistically addressing systematic issues faced by Black people and of Color communities in the United States and throughout the Diaspora. Prior to her work with The Black Institute, Ms. Lewis was a life-long community activist and organizer. Bertha's work as a leader has been recognized time and again by several prominent org...


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