Community Activism Speakers

Cynthia McKinney

12 years U.S. Congresswoman, 2008 Green Party Presidential Candidate, Fearless in pursuit of truth, and Epitome of leadership and grace.

Cynthia McKinney          Cynthia is available to speak at meetings, conferences, conventions, universities, and more. She brings to her speeches a range of experiences and insight on the issues facing our world today, as well as her Southern warmth and engaging style. Anyone interested in exploring the possibility of having Ms. McKinney speak at your next event is urged to contact her through Great Black Speakers.Cynthia McKinney has ...


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Sonja Sohn

Celebrity Servant: lives to fuse her entertainment expertise with her passion for service through empowering troubled youth and struggling families living in marginalized communities.

Sonja Sohn          Sonja Sohn was born and raised in the South, primarily in Newport News, VA, to an African American father and Korean mother during the post civil rights era. After a youth filled with love, struggle and small triumphs, Sohn set her sights on New York City where she lived for two decades, briefly attending various colleges and eventually marrying and raising two daughters before moving to Baltimore in 2003.In her late teens, So...


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Ryan Leslie         Ryan is a cultural powerhouse. As an artist, he has recorded with everyone from Madonna to Jay-z to Beyonce.A Harvard graduate at the age of 19, Ryan arrived in Boston after scoring a perfect score on his SAT tests and matriculating his junior year of high school.Upon graduation, he went on to produce a large number of hits under the guidance of P Diddy. It was during this time that Ryan broke the first internet pop ...


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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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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...


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Dr. Zachery Williams

Public Intellectual that focuses on Black History and Studies, Politics and Public Policy, Black Religion and the Black Church, and Black Men.

Dr. Zachery Williams         A native of Greenwood, South Carolina, Dr. Williams is Associate Professor of History at The University of Akron. He is the Director of the Africana Cultures and Policy Studies Institute, a non-partisan scholar-activist public policy think tank that uses African American History to understand and solve major public policy issues and social problems. As a scholar and public intellectual, he has published art...


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Dr. Bryant Cameron Webb

A Triple Threat (Doctor, Lawyer & Social Entrepreneur) specializing in Healthcare, Health Law and Health Policy.

Dr. Bryant Cameron Webb         Bryant Cameron Webb, M.D., J.D. is a resident physician in Internal Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Virginia, majoring in interdisciplinary studies through the University’s Echols Scholars program. After leaving U.Va., he sharpened his interests by developing a combined MD/JD graduate education program. He received...


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Sharif Anael Bey

Moorish Science, Hidden African American History, Asiatic/African Operative Spirituality, Political/Civic Education/Mobilization, Health/Wellness, and Hand-To-Hand Combatives.

Sharif Anael Bey            Sharif is a dynamic and engaging scholar and author. He is the Syracuse NY Representative of the Moorish Science Temple of America, Lead Spokesman/Organizer for OPERATION PROCLAMATION, an Issues-Based Political Education/Mobilization initiative for urban centers, and the Founder of Unified Field Fitness, a training program for Operative Spirituality.   He is the Upstate Representative for Yee's Hung Ga In...


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Glenn Keller

Setting and achieving goals is paramount to your success and Glenn Keller is a Zig Ziglar Certified Speaker and Trainer who is spirited and compelling.

Glenn Keller        According to the best research less than 3 percent of Americans have written goals and less than 1 percent rewrite their goals on a daily basis. This means it becomes even more challenging to become successful. A goal not written down is a wish that doesn't have any power behind it.The lack of clearly defined goals causes the problem of being involved in a lot of activity with very little if any productivity. It does...


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Nigel Walker

Teacher • Author • Poet • Speaker • Community Activist

Nigel L. Walker         Through his education, professional experience, and community service, Nigel has developed into an esteemed educator, poet, author, motivational speaker and community activist.He is a 2010 - 2011 Teacher of the Year Candidate and honored member of the Biltmore (now Covington) Who's Who Professional Registry for excellence in education.He has published 2 poetry books and has recently released his newest work, The ...


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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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Damue Bagwell

I help people with high blood pressure and diabetes exercise.

Damue Bagwell         Damue discovered that he suffered from high blood pressure at the age of 18. He had an unhealthy diet of fried foods and food containing high volumes of salt. Unaware that his diet and high blood pressure were a serious problem, his kidney function went down to 5%.With Damue’s kidneys functioning so poorly, he was forced to undergo dialysis. On September 6, 1993, he was blessed with a kidney from his mother.As Damu...


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Bertha M. Lewis         Bertha 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 p...


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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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Imam Alfred Mohammed

Religious Leader over 60 years, Interfaith Dialogue Expert, and Community Activist.

Imam Alfred Mohammed         Imam is a dynamic religious leader and public speaker, with a focus in the nexus between sacred scripture which includes the Bible and Quran, psychoanalysis, historical studies, and African-American social thought. His passion for interfaith discourse, more specifically forwarding the Muslim and Christian dialogue has made him a sought-after speaker in religious circles across the country. His perspective is...


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Ayinde Jean Baptiste

Son of the African Diaspora; reclaiming revolutionary black pasts toward revolutionary human futures.

Ayinde Jean-Baptiste          Ayinde is neither an entertainer nor the next ‘great black leader’. He is a Sanba, a Kreyol appellation which encompasses poet/ griot/ keeper of memory/ servant of truth. Born in Brooklyn, on Umoja, the youngest child of a hard, demanding love, he was raised in Chicago and Evanston, IL as a member of a large extended family of blood and political relations, and as a master of ceremonies. He has shared his ...


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Joy Cook

Servant Leader who has dedicated her life to changing the world through strategic communication, community service, and women’s empowerment

Joy Cook         Joy Cook is an experienced professional in making and fostering relationships through digital engagement. This has placed her among top professionals in managing the online community. Affectionately, titled “Ms. Twitter” by the front page of a popular publication, Joy has positioned herself as one of the nation's top authorities on Twitter (@JoyCookPR). Joy took her Twitter talents to the White House when she was selected as one...


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Marc Bayard

Marc is an Associate Fellow and the Director of the Black Worker Initiative at the Institute for Policy Studies (www.ips-dc.org). He is an expert on labor, civil rights, and racial justice issues.

Marc Bayard         Marc is an Associate Fellow and the Director of the Black Worker Initiative at the Institute for Policy Studies (www.ips-dc.org).  He is the founding Executive Director of the Worker Institute at Cornell University.  Marc is a leading expert on racial equity and organizing strategies with extensive experience in building partnerships between labor, faith groups, and civil rights communities.A frequent speaker and soc...


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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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Jerome Collins

Versatile speaker whose passion is Black Achievement and Educational importance for African Americans.

Rico Miller

Initiating educational and spiritual liberation in the community.

Rico Miller        Having adopted a “Follow and Serve First” philosophy early on in life, Rico Miller has demonstrated that servant leadership is a powerful walk of life. His dedication to following God’s purpose and vision has made him an up and coming leader in the spiritual community and in the business world. He is a licensed minister, a prolific speaker and author, and a life skills trainer. In addition to which, he has enjoyed a s...


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Boyd Melson         Boyd “Rainmaker” Melson isn’t your prototypical pugilist. He’s a college graduate, well mannered, articulate and most importantly, fights for more than a paycheck; he battles for a cause.Born was born to a French Creole father and an Israeli-Polish mother resulting in Melson’s unique ethnic background and upbringing being that of African American, Native American, and European Jewish. Melson played basketball as a yo...


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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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