Criminal Justice Speakers

Criminal justice refers to the system of law enforcement (including the bar, the judiciary, corrections, and probation) that is directly involved in the apprehension and prosecution of those suspected of or charged with criminal offenses. Criminal prosecution needs to be handled in a just way, respecting all human rights, while being done in an effective and efficient manner. If you have interested in booking an African-American public speaker or criminal justice expert from Great Black Speakers, try browsing through our highly qualified field experts to educate an audience on criminal justice.

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. 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...


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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 y...


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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, Imag...


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Keith Beauchamp

Emmy Nominated Producer / Director / 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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Rodney Bullard

‘Well-versed servant leader’ specializing in a wide-range of commentary including national security, law, philanthropy, and education.

Rodney BullardRodney Bullard is currently the Executive Director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation where he leads the company’s corporate philanthropic and social responsibility strategy. Prior to this role, Rodney served as an Assistant United States Attorney prosecuting complex criminal cases. For his service, the United States Attorney General presented him with the Department of Justice Director’s Award. Prior to this role, Rodney was selected a...


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Dr. L’Heureux Lewis

Leading scholar and activist in education, youth culture, and public policy.

Dr. L’Heureux LewisDr. Lewis is a leading scholar and activist in education, youth culture, and public policy. His research and commentary have been sought for television, radio, and community forums because they concentrate on expanding conversations, deepening analysis, and creating traction towards racial and gender equality. He is an assistant professor of Sociology, Black Studies, and Public Policy at the City College of New York CUNY.   H...


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Sheldon Candis

Baltimore native whose debut feature film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival

Sheldon Candis         Sheldon Candis is a director and producer, known for LUV (2012), Sonny Listening (2002) and The Walk (2010).Baltimore native Sheldon Candis is a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Candis’ documentary THE DWELLING, chronicles the lives of two homeless men living along Tokyo's Sumida Gawa. The film is being distributed by Scion and Giant Robot magazine. Candis’ short film THE WALK tells the dramatic story of a whe...


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Rev. George Walters Sleyon

Author, Educator in Social Philosophy, Theology, Social Ethics, Race and Mass Incarceration, Preacher, Singer/Songwriter

Rev. George Walters Sleyon          Rev. Walters is a Ph.D. Student at the University of Edinburgh/UK. He holds a Master of Divinity (M.Div) and a post-graduate master: Master in Sacred Theology (S.T.M) in Philosophy, Theology and Social Ethics from Boston University. Present Engagement: He is the Founder/Executive Director of The Center for Church and Prison, Inc.: a resource and research center working towards community revitalization through...


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Yarima Karama

Writer, poet, hip hop artist, actor and performer. Specializes in prison reform, youth building, and creative arts as an outlet for change.

Yarima Karama          Yarima Karama was just like any other child growing up trying to find himself, sometimes stumbling sometimes falling on his face along the way. He had an abusive, alcoholic step-father, who was a career military man so many things stayed hidden, including the bruises he wore.Facing abuse at home and seeing the calamities of life faced by others, he took his aggression out on paper and wrote down what he wasn’t allowed to s...


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