Poetry Speakers

Sonja Sohn

Celebrity Servant: lives to fuse her entertainment expertise with her passion for service through empowering troubled youth and struggling families living in marginalized communities.

Sonja Sohn          Sonja Sohn was born and raised in the South, primarily in Newport News, VA, to an African American father and Korean mother during the post civil rights era. After a youth filled with love, struggle and small triumphs, Sohn set her sights on New York City where she lived for two decades, briefly attending various colleges and eventually marrying and raising two daughters before moving to Baltimore in 2003.In her late teens, So...

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Etan Thomas

NBA Player, Author, Poet, Political Pundit and Children’s Advocate.

Etan Thomas         Etan 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 ...

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Venice Garner

Venice comes to you with a dynamic, authentic, and passionate voice of truth that motivates, inspires, and challenges you and those seated next to you to not be afraid to reach your full potential.

Venice Garner         Venice is a Bronx, NY native. She is a graduate from the High School for Health Professions & Human Services. She holds two bachelor degrees from Lincoln University, PA in Journalism and Human Services. While on Lincoln University’s campus, Venice was an active Dean’s List student. She was the Managing Editor of the Lincolnian, the President and Vice President of the junior and senior class, a Resident Advisor, and a former ...

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Karen Haynes

As an ordained minister & military verteran Karen empowers others to maximize their potential and affect positive change in their lives.

Karen Haynes            Karen is an Ordained Minister and Military Veteran. She completed more than 20 years of honorable service in the United States Marine Corps. Ms. Haynes speaking career began while she was a recruiter in Shreveport LA. She inspired youth in the black communities to dream of a fantastic future. Ms. Haynes was born in St. Louis, Mo. She was an army dependent.   During her childhood she overcame a learning disabi...

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Bruce George

Bruce is a visionary, entrepreneur, speaker, author, panelist, executive producer, writer, poet, consultant and social activist.

Bruce George          Co-Founder of Russell Simmons, Def Poetry Jam on HBO and Anti-Gang-Violence Advocate   Bruce was born and raised in New York City. He has written poetry/prose & articles for over 41 years. His work has been published in major magazines, anthologies, and literary publications. He has written testimonials from the likes of Essence Magazine, Emerge Magazine, Class Magazine, Harlem River Press etc…    Bruce has wo...

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Dr. Ramona Hyman

Dr. William Ferris, former director of the National Endowment for the Humanities, says “Hyman’s skills as an actor and writer are rare.” She is passionate; she inspires audiences to achieve, to contribute to life.

Ramona L. Hyman, PhD          Educator, Speaker, Essayist, and Poet, Dr. Ramona, is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her work is grounded in an African American cultural and religious sensibility.Deeply rooted in the African American Civil Rights tradition, Hyman uses historical gems and lessons from the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955 in a contemporary context to motivate, inspire, and teach. Dr. Hyman earned a B.A. from Temple...

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Earl Majette

Brother Earl-Poet and Community Activist who specializes in serving at risk youth, expanding our communal economic mindset using Hip Hop to bridge the generational divide.

Dr. Stanley Crawford

Realistic Educator & Optimistically Determined Leader

Dr. Stanley T. Crawford          Dr. Stanley is an educator, speaker, author, poet, and military veteran. Currently, Dr. Stanley serves as a public school administrator in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.   He is the author of the book, Cinquains: Volume I. In addition, he has written several articles on a wide range of topics including education, real options, and nanotechnology.He has a Doctorate in Educational Administration, Master of Ar...

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