Multicultural Affairs Speakers

Diversity is a defining element of the University community. Working hard to maintain a community full of respect and an accepting environment can help to teach the value of learning from everyone’s unique perspective and life experiences with multicultural affairs. The goal is to recognizing everyone’s unique social identity. Social identities can be defined in many ways, by race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, disability, class, and religion, along with many other characteristics. To have a highly qualified African-American public speaker address these topics at your next institutional function or event, browse through our selection here at Great Black Speakers.

Lynn Whitfield         Growing 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 ...


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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 the television’...


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Sophia A. Nelson         Sophia 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 p...


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Roland S. Martin          Roland 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 h...


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Dr. Julianne Malveaux         Recognized 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 ec...


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Farai Chideya         Farai has combined media, technology, and socio-political analysis during her 20-year career as an award-winning author, journalist, professor, and lecturer. She is currently a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. She was also a spring 2012 fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics. She frequently appears on public radio and cable television, speaking about issues ...


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Dr. Gregory Parks

Gregory is a leading scholar, author, and lecturer on Black Greek-letter organizations (“BGLOs”) and the role of unconscious race bias in contemporary society.

Gregory S. Parks, J.D., Ph.D.         Dr. Gregory is an Assistant Professor of Law at Wake Forest University School of Law, where he has taught since the Fall of 2011. He holds an M.A., an M.S., and a Ph.D. (all in Psychology) and a J.D. Professor Parks served as a law clerk on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals to The Honorable Anna Blackburne-Rigsby and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to The Honorable Andre M. D...


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Dr. Lee Jones

Man Cannot and Will Not Destroy God's Plan for Your Life...No Matter How Hard Some May Try!

Dr. Lee Jones         Dr. Lee currently serves Professor and President & Executive Editor of InSpire Magazine and Executive Director of the InSpire ILEAD Institute. Most recently, he served as the Dean of The School of Graduate Studies and Professor of Educational Foundations at The University of Wisconsin at Whitewater.He served as a member of the Provost Administrative Team and manages a 3.2 million dollar operating budget. Dr. Jones was respon...


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Dr. Ricky Jones

Academician, Author and Thought Leader on Politics, Black Greek Letter Organizations and Black Male Identity

Dr. Ricky L. Jones         Raised by his maternal grandmother in Atlanta, Georgia's Carver Homes housing project, Dr. Ricky not only became the first member of his immediate family to graduate high school, but by age 29 he also earned a Ph.D. Currently, he is full professor (the youngest at his University when appointed), past chair, and Director of the “Center on Race and Inequality” at the University of Louisville. He is a Morehouse College alu...


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Selena Cuffe         Selena is the President and CEO of Heritage Link Brands, LLC, the largest company in North America dedicated to importing and marketing wine produced by indigenous Africans. With wines that have been featured by media outlets including TIME and PBS, the company’s South African portfolio has won industry accolades from the International Wine Challenge, Decanter Magazine, and Wine Spectator, among others. Customers include hous...


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Christopher Chestnut         “Pursuing Justice...Because You Deserve It”          Acknowledged by President Barack Obama as a National Emerging Leader, Christopher M. Chestnut, Esq. is America’s next great voice for legal justice. Chestnut, a Florida native and graduate of Florida State and University of Florida’s Levine School of Law, served on the Florida finance team for then presidential candidate Obama, which helped lead to a convincing vi...


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