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Martin Luther King Day Speakers

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a United States federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is celebrated on the third Monday of January each year, which is around the time of King's birthday of January 15th. King was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. One of the best ways for your institution, community or corporation to celebrate this holiday is to hire an African-American public speaker from Great Black Speakers to speak on a variety of topics such as racial tolerance in the workplace, the history of slavery and stories of life of Dr. King and his message of hope. Browse our impressive selection here!

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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Judy A. SmithJudy is the Founder and President of Smith & Co, a leading strategic and crisis communications firm with offices in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. Over the last 25 years, Ms. Smith has brought her unique combination of communication skills, media savvy, legal and political acumen to clients facing a wide array of issues and challenges throughout the United States and abroad. Ms. Smith honed her skills through her experiences with ...


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Common

Actor and Multi-Grammy Award Winning Music Artist

CommonWith his Multi-Grammy Award winning music career and his continued work in film, Common has emerged as one of Hollywood's most sought after leading men. He has been seen on the silver screen in films such as SMOKIN ACES, AMERICAN GANGSTER, WANTED, TERMINATOR SALVATION and in DATE NIGHT and JUST WRIGHT. Prior to acting, COMMON rose to prominence as one of hip-hops most poetic and respected lyricists having recorded over eight albums. In 200...


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Donna BrazileVeteran Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile is an adjunct professor, author, syndicated columnist, television political commentator, Vice Chair of Voter Registration and Participation at the Democratic National Committee, and former interim National Chair of the Democratic National Committee as well as the former chair of the DNC’s Voting Rights Institute. Aside from working for the full recovery of her beloved New Orleans...


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Lynn WhitfieldGrowing up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Lynn Whitfield first watched the likes of Audrey Hepburn in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and Bette Davis in "All About Eve" from her grandmother's lap. She loved classic movies and with child-like confidence, she could see no reason she could not become an actress and some day play those same types of roles.  Over the course of nearly three decades, the talent of the little girl who dreamed of being...


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Taraji Henson

Academy award winning actress

Taraji P. HensonTaraji Henson earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress opposite Brad Pitt in David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. She co-stars with star and director Tom Hanks in Larry Crowne alongside Julia Roberts and Cedric the Entertainer that is set to release July 1, 2011. She starred in the hugely successful Karate Kid opposite Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan and in Date Night with Tina Fey and Steve Carre...


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Terrence JenkinsTerrence J is a young man with a master plan. From apprenticing with NASCAR® to working on radio and throwing some of the best social gatherings around, Terrence J has been preparing himself for superstardom and making sure that his life is the American Dream, blasted out of the box. Now, he’s using his hosting spot on BET®’s 106 and Park, the hottest music program in the world (airing in the US, Japan and the UK), to take his pla...


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Ed Gordon   Hard hitting, inspiring, intelligent, honest, and direct. These are some of the words used to describe the style and approach of Emmy award winning broadcaster Ed Gordon. Known for his stellar interaction with newsmakers from the worlds of politics, entertainment, and sports his name is synonymous with the “big” interview. Gordon’s knack for landing exclusives and his no-nonsense style make him one of television’s most respected jou...


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A'Lelia Bundles

Author • Journalist • Nonprofit Board Chair • Madam Walker descendant. Blends current events, entrepreneurship & history into entertaining, informative mix.

A'Lelia BundlesAuthor and journalist A’Lelia Bundles currently is at work on her third book, Joy Goddess of Harlem: The Life and Times of A’Lelia Walker, a biography of her great-grandmother, to be published by Simon and Schuster. She also serves as president and chair of the Foundation for the National Archives, the private partner which provides funds and support for the exhibitions, programs and educational materials of the National Archives. ...


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Ryan Mack

Financial Guru and Founder of Optimum Capital Management, LLC

Ryan MackPresidentThe Optimum Institute of Economic Empowerment, Inc.Mr. Mack has a life mission to build and develop a durable financial empire geared towards educating his community and beyond.Ryan Mack graduated from the University of Michigan Business School (ranked number one in the country) with a concentration in Finance. His career in equity markets began in Detroit, Michigan as a stock trader and later as a trader for the largest NASDAQ ...


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Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeeverAn authoritative voice on race, gender, politics, and the production of positive social change, Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever is widely regarded as one of the most engaging and informative political and social commentators in the US. Currently serving as the Executive Director of the National Council of Negro Women, the nation’s oldest organization devoted to the advancement of both civil rights and women’s rights, her work catal...


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Dr. Marc Lamont HillDr. Marc is one of the leading hip-hop generation intellectuals in the country. His work, which covers topics such as hip-hop culture, politics, sexuality, education and religion, has appeared in numerous journals, magazines, books, and anthologies. Dr. Hill has lectured widely and provides regular commentary for media outlets like NPR, Washington Post, Essence Magazine, and New York Times and has been a regular guest on CNN, ...


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Judge Karen Mills-FrancisJudge Karen Mills-Francis has a colorful and engaging style that is as distinctive as her bold burgundy robe and her bright blonde hair. As quick to aid the helpless as she is to dismiss the hare-brained, Judge Karen confidently dished out justice to a national television audience with the half-hour syndicated courtroom series, Judge Karen. She is famous for the lines "Stay in your Lane, I know how to Drive". For fall 201...


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MC Lyte

Undeniable queen of hip hop who supports worthy projects, events and fundraisers such as AIDS awareness, anti-violence and Rock-the-Vote

MC LyteLyricist, Pioneer, Icon, Inspirational Speaker, Veteran and Entrepreneur describe one of the most prolific and well-respected female Hip Hop artists of our time: MC Lyte. A pioneer in the industry, she opened the door for future female Hip Hop artists by daring to do what had never been done while doing something she loved.A role model to women and respected by men everywhere, Lyte never compromises who she is and consistently displays tha...


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Sophia A. NelsonSophia is "redefining" the rules for 21st Century living and success. The award-winning author, journalist, political commentator and former House of Representatives committee counsel is working to change the game for a new generation of Americans in academia, the workplace, interpersonal relationships, and overall persona development.Prior to becoming a freelance journalist and former White House correspondent and political colum...


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Tai Beauchamp

Sought after Media Veteran, Social Entrepreneur, Philanthropist and Spelman Alumnus who lives her life for others

Tai BeauchampA media industry veteran and social entrepreneur, Tai has a rare and innate ability to connect with audiences across demographics. It was as a magazine editor that Ms. Beauchamp learned the profound power of media and how to use it to motivate and inspire millions around the world. Becoming a humanitarian taught her the most valuable lesson: “young women and the world-at-large want to be inspired and that inspiration can start out as...


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Roland S. MartinRoland is a nationally award-winning and multifaceted journalist.   A nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate  and the author of Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith, and Speak, Brother! A Black Man’s View of America. He also serves as executive editor of the Chicago Defender, the nation’s largest Black daily newspaper.   Mr. Martin is a commentator for TV One Cable Network  also host of “Th...


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Wendy Raquel Robinson

Star Actress of The Game, Producer, Director, and Entrepreneur

Wendy Raquel RobinsonAudiences know Wendy Raquel Robinson as the sexy and feisty sports manager ‘Tasha Mack’ on BET’s #1 rated scripted series, The Game. This groundbreaking role has earned her an NAACP Image Award nomination for “Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series” and three nominations for “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.” With another record-breaking premiere and continued rating success, “The Game” has shown its staying...


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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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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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Shirley Husar

Conservative Republican Political Consultant Pundit, Barter System Digital Marketing Strategist, Inspirational Entrepreneurship, Real Estate Sales

Shirley HusarColumnist, Writer, Urban Game Changer, Washington Times Communities and licensed real estate agent, CEO of URBAN GAME CHANGER is living in Los Angeles, California. Personal Appointed by the 38th Governor Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger to the position of Governor Appointee Board Member for The Geologists and The Geophysicists for the State of California Governor Appointee Board Member served for 4 years. Server as a California Republica...


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Herman Bulls

From Alabama to West Point to Harvard to the Board Room--A leadership and financial journey. How to make it, keep it, and give it back.

Herman E. BullsInternational Director & Chairman, Public InstitutionsJones Lang LaSalle President & CEO Bulls Advisory Group, LLCCurrent Board Positions USAA, Exelis (NYSE); Comfort Systems, USA (NYSE); Tyco International (NYSE); Rasmussen Inc.; New York State Teachers' Retirement System (Real Estate Advisory Council); West Point Association of GraduatesRelevant Experience Herman Bulls is the founder and Chairman of Jones Lang LaSalle’s highly...


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Lenora Billings Harris

Lenora is a Certified Professional Speaker (CSP), a past president of the National Speakers Association, and will be the 2014 president of the Global Speakers Federation.

Lenora Billings-HarrisCertified Speaking Professional (CSP)Diversity and Inclusion is a full-time focus, not just one topic among many for Lenora Billings-Harris. Her ability to transform multifaceted diversity and inclusion concepts into immediately applicable "how to's" have enabled her to help organizations intentionally create and sustain inclusive work cultures that challenge each individual to accelerate their efforts toward achieving maxim...


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Farai ChideyaFarai is a multimedia journalist who has worked in print, television, online, and radio. Prior to joining NPR's News & Notes, Chideya hosted Your Call, a daily news and cultural call-in show on San Francisco's KALW 91.7 FM. Chideya has also been a correspondent for ABC News, anchored the prime time program Pure Oxygen on the Oxygen women's channel, and contributed commentaries to CNN, Fox, MSNBC, and BET. She got her start as a resea...


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Gregory S. Parks, J.D., Ph.D.Gregory is a leading scholar, author, and lecturer on (1) Black Greek-letter organizations ("BGLOs") and (2) the role of unconscious race bias in contemporary society. Dr. Parks has served as a law clerk for judges on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals. He is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and a Thirty-Second Degree Mason, Prince Hall Affiliated.   Dr....


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George Curry

Journalist, Keynote Speaker, Moderator and Media Coach

George E. CurryGeorge is editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service and editorial director of Heart & Soul magazine. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine, also writes a weekly syndicated column for NNPA, a federation of more than 200 African-American newspapers.Curry, who served as editor-in-chief of the NNPA News Service from 2001 until 2007, returned to lead the news service for a second time on Ap...


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“The most prolific African American Filmmaker of this generation, that 90% of African Americans have never heard of...” JANKS MORTON is a groundbreaking international and award winning Documentarian. As founder of iYAGO ENTERTAINMENT GROUP, LLC, he states “the company came into existence to reflect both the conscious and unconscious soul of Black America". JANKS MORTON has been in the entertainment industry for more than 20 years and is a much s...


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Michael BlakeMichael Blake 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 Pacif...


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Dr. Jason Johnson

Breaking down the tough issues with wit and common sense & bringing the people back into politics

Dr. Jason JohnsonDr. Jason is a professor, political analyst and public speaker. Fresh, unflappable, objective, and known for his ability to break down complex stories with wit and candor Dr. Jason Johnson is an up and coming voice in political and social commentary.Dr. Johnson is the author of the new book Political Consultants and Campaigns: One Day to Sell, which has been featured in Campaigns and Elections magazine and National Public radio. ...


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Lillian Lincoln Lambert

Uses her experiences to show others how to transform challenging circumstances into stepping stones to achievements.

Lillian Lincoln LambertWhen Lillian arrived at the Harvard Business School, (actually she arrived at Radcliffe College graduate dormitory because women were not allowed to live in the accommodations at the Business School), her first thought was “Why am I here!”. Background Born on a farm in the segregated South, at the age of 18 and fresh out of high school, she journeyed to New York City and Washington, DC to seek my fortune. After four years...


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