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The only thing someone can never take from you is your education. This makes education one of the single most important factors in someone’s lifestyle and life path. Your education can not only prepare you with the knowledge and skills you need for future success, but can also give you confidence and pride in yourself and your work. One of the best forms of high impact education is hiring an African-American public speaker from Great Black Speakers to address, inform and discuss your topic to a knowledge-hungry audience for educational purposes. We have the most exclusive range of scholars, authors, lecturers and other education experts that are ready to be booked for your next event or function.

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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Tim Carthon

'The force of the thought-provoking voice'

Tim CarthonTim Carthon is a long-time educator and a young, hardworking, creative visionary. He is aptly named “The force of the thought-provoking voice” for his amazing ability to help others see things from angles they never knew existed and turn them into a voice for thought-provocation through what he calls the “simpleness of simplicity.”   A specialist in the fields of education (youth and collegiate), Greek fraternities and sororities, re...


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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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Jalen Rose

Current ESPN/ABC Analyst; University of Michigan Fab Five and 13-year NBA Star; and Founder of Jalen Rose Leadership Academy

Jalen Rose Current ESPN/ABC analyst and former 13-year NBA star Jalen Rose is one of the few professional athletes to maintain a high profile post retirement. Long known for his post-game quotes and great relationship with the media, Jalen continues to show his versatility in the broadcast booth, in the entertainment world and as a philanthropist. Jalen was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, where he attended Southwestern High School and the...


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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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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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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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Etan Thomas

NBA Player, Author, Poet, Political Pundant, Children's Advocate

Etan ThomasEtan Thomas is More Than An Athlete. He’s been called a “gentle giant.” A “rebounder with a cause.” Thomas defies the stereotype of the apolitical athlete, and plants his roots in his budding literary career with the conviction of a Bill Russell, and the poetic finesse of Muhammad Ali. Born in Harlem and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Thomas’ childhood was surrounded by books on the civil rights movement, politics and the 1960′s. He was g...


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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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Jullien GordonJullien, The PurposeFinder, is the country’s leading voice on purpose and motivation for the millennial generation. At the age of 27, he already has 10 years of experience working with millennials as a CEO, coach, and counselor. As the author of two amazing books, The 8 Cylinders of Success: How To Align Your Personal and Professional Purpose and Good Excuse Goals: How To Eliminate Procrastination and Perfectionism Forever, Jullien ...


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Jean Claude Brizard

Senior Advisor at the College Board, and former CEO of Chicago Public Schools and the Rochester NY School District.

Jean-Claude BrizardJean-Claude Brizard is currently a Senior Advisor at the College Board focusing on developing the organization’s career readiness initiative as well as working on state and district relationships. He is the former Chief Executive of Chicago Public Schools. Prior to his appointment in Chicago, he was Superintendent of Schools for the Rochester City School District (Rochester, NY). “Every child brings a wealth of talent, gifts a...


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Dr. Patricia Pickles

Dr. Pickles is an educational expert who specializes in improving students' performance and creating schools of excellence.

Patricia L. Pickles (Ph.D.)Dr. Patricia is one of America’s most recognized names synonymous with improving students’ performance and closing achievement gaps. Dr. Patricia has demonstrated her in-depth expertise while serving as a teacher, adjunct professor, principal, superintendent of schools, senior director for the state department of education, and as a consultant. Patricia knows what it takes to dissolve low performing schools and create s...


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Londell McMillan

Internationally recognized attorney, publisher and artist advocate

L. Londell McMillanAn internationally recognized attorney, publisher and artist advocate, L. Londell McMillan is recognized as one of the most influential leaders of his generation. He is a partner at the law firm of Meister Seelig & Fein LLP. Mr. McMillan is also an entrepreneur and Executive Publisher of the re-focused Source Magazine (www.thesource.com) and the recently launched Jones Magazine (www.jonesmagazine.com) (a leading fashion, beauty...


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Dr. Oliver McGee

HistoryMaker, ScienceMaker, EducationMaker; Teacher, researcher, administrator, and adviser to government, universities, corporations and philanthropy.

Oliver G. McGee III, Ph.D., M.B.A., C.F.R.M.   Dr. Oliver G. McGee III is a HistoryMaker, ScienceMaker-Research, and EducationMaker-Administration at The History Makers - The Nation's Largest African American Video Oral History Collection, see also biography online at: http://www.thehistorymakers.com/biography/oliver-mcgee. Dr. Oliver McGee has gone viral online with a million views worldwide in less than two weeks, breaking the Missing Malaysi...


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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 WilliamsA native of Greenwood, South Carolina, Dr. Zachery 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 Th...


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Chike AkuaChike Akua is an award-winning educator and author who is known for his dynamic, interactive, riveting and revealing presentations that leave everyone inspired, uplifted, and transformed.Ebony magazine selected him as one of its "50 Leaders of Tomorrow," a distinction he is, no doubt, living up to today. Chike Akua is one of the most sought after speakers at colleges, universities, and educational conferences.His most frequently reques...


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Dr. Pamela McCauley Bush

Award-winning Educator, Expert Engineer, Leadership-Innovation-Diversity Specialist who inspires students and professionals to pursue STEM education and careers, even in the face of great adversity.

Pamela McCauley Bush, Ph.D., C.P.E.Engineer, Educator, Leader & Entrepreneur Dr. Pamela McCauley Bush is a nationally recognized speaker, entrepreneur, author and Full Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems at the University of Central Florida where she leads the Human Factors in Disaster Management Research Team. She previously held the position of Martin Luther King, Jr. Visiting Associate Professor of Aer...


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Dr. David Points

Retired Military Commander and Educator, providing education and promotion services to Military Veterans and Businesses.

Commander David S. Points, JD, LLM, Ed.S., PhD, U.S Navy (Retired) Commander David S. Points is the former Director, Joint Information Bureau, Joint Task Force –160 (JTF -160), Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He was recalled to active duty February 2002 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He remained Director while the Joint Information Bureau transitioned to U. S. Army and Rhode Island Army National Guard personnel. He was awarded the Joint Service...


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Taiwo Kujichagulia Seitu

Griot, Coloratura Soprano, Entrepreneur, Educator, and Acclaimed Playwright

Taiwo Kujichagulia-Seitu Mrs. Taiwo is a coloratura soprano, dancer, educator and griot (historian, storyteller, entertainer, musician, praise singer). With a performance history spanning over 2 decades, Taiwo has performed for such legends as Kathrine Dunham, Geronimo Ji Jaga Pratt, Nelson Mandela, Regina Bell, Pharaoh Sanders, and Dizzy Gillespie. She has performed with Phavia Kujichagulia and Ma’at, E.W. Wainwright’s African Roots of Jazz, O...


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Kai DupeMr. Dupe has a masters degree in education.  He has been a student of spirituality for 20 years. Mr. Dupé is also a doctoral student at Pepperdine University where he is researching the lack of African American males in computing.  Kai is concerned with the spiritual education of African American males.  He utilizes his education, experience, and skills to educate young people in the science of mind.  He is an advocate for spiritual educ...


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Dr. Laquita C. BlocksonDr. Laquita, also known as the “Business Renaissance Guru,” is a business/organizational ethics expert as well as an entrepreneurship and urban economic development scholar.  She has extensive experience providing lectures for, facilitating workshops for, and providing guidance to small businesses, community development corporations, executive education programs, affiliates of national nonprofit organizations, and aspiring ...


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Rodney Bullard

Rodney is '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. JeffriAnne Wilder is a sociologist and scholar specializing in race relations, gender, and diversity issues. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of North Florida.  She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Florida. In addition to her studies in sociology, JeffriAnne completed a Ph.D. concentration in Women's Studies and gender research.  As a black woman and sociologist, Dr. Wilder is very passio...


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Garrett Johnson

A 21st century innovator who specializes in technology, politics, education and sports.

Garrett JohnsonGarrett is CEO/co-founder of SendHub, a venture-backed startup based in Silicon Valley. He previously served as professional staff on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where his oversight portfolio included Afghanistan, Pakistan and Haiti. Johnson completed graduate studies at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and was accepted to Harvard law school. Originally from Florida, he took his undergraduate degrees fr...


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Derek Anderson, Sr.

I Refuse to Allow Someone's Negative Opinion of me to become My Reality

Derek L. Anderson, Sr.Derek is a screen writer, producer, inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropist who continues to expand his brand with various projects in the works such as an autobiography, Life Changing speaking engagements, and numerous film ventures.Derek is a man of integrity and character who lives his life with Love and LOYALTY. Career:Kentucky High School Basketball All-Star• 1996 - Won National Championship with The University of Ke...


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Dr. Michael Anthony

Committed to helping students, people, and organizations maximize the skills and potential needed to create positive change in their environments.

Michael D. Anthony, Ph.D. Michael currently serves as the Assistant Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at Oakton Community College. He is among the youngest Chief Diversity Officers and senior leaders within higher education today. He is the founder and owner of Anthony Creative Solutions, LLC, a diversity and leadership development consulting company. At the age of 30, Dr. Anthony earned his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Organiza...


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Nigel Walker

Teacher • Author • Poet • Speaker • Community Activist

Nigel L. WalkerThrough his education, professional experience, and community service, Nigel L. Walker 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 Undergr...


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Dana Rondel

Founder and Lead Minister of Wisdom In New Dimensions (WIND) and Founder of Partners In Goodwill Publications & Media.

Dana RondelDana is an extraordinary and magical writer, speaker, artist, spiritual advisor and community leader. She is the author of children’s books, novels, short stories, anthologies, essays, poetry and The Sunshine Letter. Dana is also the Founder and Minister of Wisdom In New Dimensions (WIND) Foundation, Spiritual Center and Temple, a panoptic church focused on building stronger ecumenical communities. She is also the Founder, Lead Writer ...


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Dr. Annalise Fonza

Writer, Scholar, Atheist, Ex-Pastor, and Womanist Educating for Community Empowerment and Critical Consciousness

annalise fonza, Ph.D. Dr. Annalise Fonza is an educator in every sense of the word, but she believes that education is not limited to the classroom. She is an ex-United Methodist clergywoman who is now an atheist. A womanist in standpoint and political orientation, she often writes, offers social and political commentary, and she lectures enthusiastically on a diverse range of topics with emphasis on the interconnectedness of race, gender, class...


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James Bullet Hickman

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

James Bullet HickmanPublisher, Author, Entrepreneur, CEO, and Documentary FilmmakerJames 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 int...


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