High Achieving Youth Speakers

Very select few make it to the top of the ladder of successful and even fewer are under the age of thirty. Achieving high standards of success at a young can be very difficult, but when done, very inspirational. That’s why Great Black Speakers is proud to bring you an exceptional line of highly accomplished youth speakers and lecturers. Using stories of experience and personal triumphs is a great way to show your youth audience they too can achieve greatness and become wealthy, well-respected and an inspiration to others. This is what our professional speaking service for high achieving youth provides.

Hill Harper          Hill is an award winning actor, bestselling author and philanthropist. Hill is the author of three New York Times bestsellers: Letters to a Young Brother, Letters to a Young Sister, and The Conversation. Letters to a Young Brother was named “Best Book for Young Adults” by the American Library Association in 2007.Hill currently stars on the hit television drama CSI:NY as Dr. Sheldon Hawkes. CSI is the most successfu...


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Al Duncan         Al is an award-winning youth advocate, publisher, and internationally recognized authority on soft skills who travels the world "Equipping Young Minds For Exceptional Performance.™" As the leading motivational speaker for at-risk youth and troubled young people, Al has delivered Duncan Nuggets®, live and in-person, to over 1 million young people around the world.    He is the owner of three successful business and he...


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Jordan Coleman

2011 Global Teen Leader, actor, author and education activist impacting youth one story and one community at a time.

Jordan Coleman         Jordan is a young man on a mission. At 17-years-old, he's a filmmaker, actor, author, education activist, honor roll student and athlete. He was recently named one the 25 Most Influential People in Our Children's Lives by Children's Health magazine. Jordan won the 2011 Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival HBO Best Feature Film competition with his film Payin’ The Price, a cautionary tale about teen dat...


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Lawrence Watkins         Lawrence is one of America’s leading entrepreneurship and personal achievement experts. His journey has taken him from an ultra-underachiever in high school to a graduate of an Ivy League business school as well as the Owner of Great Black Speakers, Great Pro Speakers, and Co-Founder of Watkins Media Group. Lawrence was born and raised in Louisville, KY to a police officer father and a mother who was a counselo...


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Early Jackson         Early Jackson is what you would call a statistical anomaly. With a traumatic birth as a premi weighing only one pound and a few ounces, Early was born a fighter. His childhood began with a strong, loving mother and an entrepreneurial father which was picturesque of an average middle class family. The later separation of his mother and father sparked a life that would prove to be the exact opposite. Stepping into po...


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David Augustine

Dee-1 uses his experience as a hip hop artist, educator, and survivor from the slums of New Orleans to motivate others to live with Mission Vision and fulfill their life calling.

David Augustine  (Dee-1)          Dee-1 created his own lane in Hip-Hop by making music that motivates anyone on a mission to win the game of life. He is the epitome of soul, swag, and New Orleans—while never shying away from being the voice of the underdog who grinds with a purpose.After graduating from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree, Dee-1, born David Augustine, financed his musical dreams by teaching middle schoo...


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Chris Jones

2015 EMPOWER MAGAZINE PERSON OF THE YEAR - It’s Better To Be Prepared For An Opportunity Than To Have An Opportunity And Not Be Prepared!

Chris Jones         “Don’t Do Something Permanently Stupid Because You Are Temporarily Upset”     Chris Jones’ story enthralls, inspires, engages, captivates, and blesses the hearts of his many listeners. Whether addressing a room full of disadvantaged youths or adults, Chris’ personal life and professional successes have universal appeal.Born to teenage parents, Chris was raised by his mother in Washington, D.C. Chris never allowed him...


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Jules Ferguson           “It was two o’clock in the morning on Memorial Day. No one was around. I stared across the room and saw nothing but a white ceiling, white floors and walls. There was dead silence, the kind that pierces your ears because it is so loud. In that moment, I had a choice to make - to live or take my own life. I chose to live.” The main message of Talkin’ About Life focuses on the “Power of Choice.”   Jules speak...


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Erica Nicole         Small Business Influencer • The Voice of Small Business • Influential Women in Digital Media     Erica Nicole is making headlines as a small business expert source by serving up fresh, provocative and insanely addictive behind-the-scenes business know-how.One of the most dynamic, young female serial entrepreneurs of her generation, Erica Nicole is the Founder and CEO of YFS Magazine, a Young, Fabulous & Self-Employe...


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Dr. Chris Hickey, Sr.

Author of “Admired Man Why? - The Making of An Admired Man.”

Dr. Chris L. Hickey, Sr.            Dr. Hickey is the Founder and Executive Director of Each One - Teach One Alliance for Academic Access, Achievement and Success, an organization that focuses on efforts to heighten community awareness of the overwhelming importance of reforming educational practices targeting at-risk youth.      He is also the CEO/President of the Admired Man Leadership Institute, where he lectures and facilitates ...


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Nigel Williamson

A Driven Young man who went from being a High School Dropout to a High School Valedictorian and helps others to craft their journey to overcome, succeed and achieve results.

Nigel Williamson        After more than 18 years of working with students, Nigel Williamson has decided to provide a special space where students can get 1 on 1 attention and tutoring. Having been a beneficiary of mentoring, coaching, and tutoring, Nigel understands the importance of that individualized time.Growing up in Guyana, South America, Nigel was educated with the belief that every student deserves attention. After a challenging...


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Happy Johnson

Nationally acclaimed social entrepreneur, humanitarian, author, and founder of TeamHappy.org, a NGO that provides educational resources to prepare the next generation for innovative leadership.

Happy Johnson         Johnson is a nationally acclaimed leadership speaker and bestselling children’s author.He drove an Emergency Response Vehicle in New Orleans post-Katrina and is the Co-Founder of Team Happy Foundation. Established in 2005, the mission of THF is to inspire the next generation of first responders through mentorship, entrepreneurial training, literacy and civil rights advocacy. The displacement of youth after the stor...


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Demetrius Darnell Walker         Demetrius is a native New Yorker. Born in Brooklyn and raised in the Bronx, Demetrius represents not only the merits of higher education, but street knowledge as well. Growing up in New York City, Demetrius was exposed to the struggles of the urban community. Avoiding the common pit falls of fellow friends and family members was a daily battle. An exceptionally gifted student, Demetrius left the city turmoil to s...


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Shannon LaNier

Emmy winning TV show host, author & 9th generation descendant of President Thomas Jefferson & Sally Hemings. LaNier talks... Pop Culture, Genealogy, Entrepreneurship, College Survival & Relationship.

Shannon LaNier         A veteran television host, media personality, and author, Shannon LaNier has been keeping audiences tuned in his entire life.Shannon currently co-hosts “Arise Entertainment 360,” a daily culture and entertainment series that airs on BET's sister station, Centric, and cable providers globally. “Arise 360” is part of Arise News, a network seen in over 175 million homes in more than 50 countries throughout the world,...


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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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