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, domestic violenc...


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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 American Pac...


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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 articles in T...


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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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Dutty Bookman

Arts and culture advocate who coined the term ‘Reggae Revival’ and Rastafari author of 2 books speaking to contemporary pan-African social conditions.

Dutty Bookman (born Gavin Hutchinson) is the creator of the popular descriptor ‘Reggae Revival’ for a global arts and culture social movement rooted in his homeland, Jamaica. Although he studied Aerospace Engineering during his time at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida, Dutty’s growing social consciousness collided with his first visit to Toronto in 2008. There, he was a Regional Coordinator for the ‘Ignite The Americas’ youth a...


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Chaz Shepherd

Singer, Writer, Producer, Composer, Actor, Speaker, Activist and Host.

Chaz Shepherd         Chaz 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 pl...


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Rahiel Tesfamariam

Activist, writer, public theologian and cultural critic. Columnist for The Washington Post and founder/ publisher of UrbanCusp.com, an online lifestyle magazine.

Rahiel Tesfamariam          Rahiel is the Founder/Publisher of Urban Cusp, a cutting-edge online lifestyle magazine highlighting progressive urban culture, faith, social change and global awareness. Rahiel is also a columnist for The Washington Post. Born in war-torn Eritrea a decade prior to independence, Rahiel Tesfamariam’s roots can be traced off the coast of the Red Sea. As a product of her nation’s tenacious struggle for self-de...


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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 Undergroun...


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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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Harriet Cammock

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

Harriet Cammock            Harriet Cammock Ministries’ mission is to transform the lives of women and children who have been affected by abuse. The company began in 2006 and since then has organized conferences, book publications and a radio show demonstrating the principle of overcoming life’s adversities and that there is life after abuse.   The company carries the name of it’s owner, Harriet Cammock, who is a survivor of domest...


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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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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 truth in h...


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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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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 heavyweights. ...


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Jerome Collins

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

Getty Israel

A public health leader who specializes in preventive-based health education and policy.

Getty Israel            Getty is a dynamic and diverse public health practitioner who specializes in preventive based health education, promotion, and policy. She is the author of When Poor Was Healthy, a book that addresses the powerful efficacy and feasibility of lifestyle medicine in preventing and reversing chronic diseases, poor birthing outcomes, and reducing premature mortality.   Ms. Israel is employed at the Clinton Foundat...


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Dr. Leslie Grace

Educator, Social Entrepreneur, Philanthropist and Community Activist who loves to empower children, families and their communities. The goal is to implement Economics, Entrepreneurship & Empowerment.

Dr. Leslie Grace            Dr. Leslie is becoming a leading expert in the area of increasing the financial capabilities of Young America , their Families and community through her organization “Elements of the Community”, which provides educational, media relations, financial literacy and entrepreneurship programming for communities.       She has taught hundreds of children and adults how to open their own businesses and manage th...


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Dr. Edward Summers

Scholar, Educator, Motivational Speaker, and Community Advocate

Dr. Edward Summers           Educator, Scholar, Professor, Motivational Speaker, and Political Scientist      Edward is one of the youngest executives in higher education and a prominent voice on issues such as access to higher education, cost, affordability, management of higher education, developing sound community and government relations programs, and institutional effectiveness and management. He also conducts research on politics, community...


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Eddie Mitchell, Jr.          Founder/Director, TEAM A.N.G.E.L. Mentoring and Youth Development ProgramWhile growing up Ed Mitchell Jr., fondly known as “Lil Ed”, was a regular participant in community based youth program. The program which he involved in, was based on a parallel family model that was both supportive and life changing. The family community programming proved to be instrumental in helping Ed to get through high school and onto col...


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