Race Relations Speakers

Race and ethnic relations can be described as the area of the discipline that studies the social, political, and economic relations between races and ethnicities at all levels of society. This area includes the study of racism, residential segregation, and other complex issues on different racial and ethnic groups. Understanding and accepting the ideas and facts of race relations can often be difficult, and that why here at Great Black Speakers we have lined up the most highly qualified and highly educational African-American public speakers to appear at your next event. To arrange an appearance, please browse through our selection of African-American racial relations experts, scholars and advocates.

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 t...


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Dr. Marc Lamont Hill         Dr. 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 reg...


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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 lege...


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Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever           Dr. Avis is the President of the Incite Unlimited, a Washington, DC-based boutique consulting firm and the Founder of the Exceptional Leadership Institute for Women, a global personal and professional development firm that specializes in helping women of color successfully navigate the challenges of race and gender at work in order to push through to next level career success.Her expertise and perspecti...


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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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Keith Beauchamp

Emmy Nominated Producer / Director / Investigative filmmaker who made history unearthing the truth about Emmett Till: bringing justice to victims of injustice.

Keith A. Beauchamp         Emmy Nominated Producer/Director, Keith attended Southern University in Baton Rouge where he studied Criminal Justice with the intention of becoming a Civil Rights Attorney.As a young boy in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Beauchamp had his share of run-ins with racism but it wasn’t until an incident where he was assaulted by an undercover police officer after dancing with a white woman at a party that he felt compelled to figh...


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Ellis Cose

One of America’s most prolific and acclaimed authors who speaks a range of topics, from race and generational change to the evolution of the American press.

Ellis Cose         Ellis is one of America’s most renowned journalists and the author of ten commercially published books on issues of national and international concern. A longtime columnist and contributing editor for Newsweek magazine (1993 through 2010) and former chairman of the editorial board and editorial page editor of the New York Daily News, Cose began his journalism career as a weekly columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times—beco...


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Farai Chideya         Chideya 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, as well as a Senior Writer covering politics and data at ESPN's FiveThirtyEight. Chideya is the author of six books, the first of which was D...


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Dr. Na’im Akbar

Psychologist and Author (retired)

Dr. Na’im Akbar         Dr. Akbar is regarded by Essence Magazine as “one of the world’s preeminent psychologists and a pioneer in the development of an African-centered approach in modern psychology.” For over 50 years, he devoted his skills of research and practice to the increased understanding of the cultural basis of African-American mental functioning and the development of techniques to address the unique mental health needs of A...


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Andre R. Fields, Ph.D.Dr. Andre Fields received his Doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University. Dr. Fields currently serves as a psychologist and assistant professor at Grand Rapids Community College. As an advocate for diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity, Dr. Fields purposefully merges theory, science, and practice to capture and explain the insidious impact of racism, stigma, and discrimination ...


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Dr. David Points

Retired Military Commander and Educator, providing education services to Military Veterans, Public & Charter Schools, Colleges, Universities and Businesses.

Commander David S. Points, JD, LLM, Ed.S., PhD, U.S Navy (Retired)          Dr. Points was a Multicultural Education adjunct professor in Wayne State University’s Department of Education, Teacher Education Division while completing his PhD. He has recently served as the Director, First Year Experience and an Associate Professor of Education, in the Education Department at Lane College, a HBCU located in Jackson, Tennessee.   Dr. Poin...


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Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder         Dr. Wilder is a sociologist and scholar specializing in diversity, race relations and gender issues. She is currently a tenured Associate Professor of Sociology and the Founding Director of the Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations at the University of North Florida. In addition, Dr. Wilder is a member of the doctoral teaching faculty in the Department of Leadership, School Counseling, and Sp...


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Michael Cottman

White House Correspondent and Commentator with Rev. Al Sharpton’s national radio show, who offers unique insights about President Obama's social policies, racial diversity, scuba diving slave ships and balancing work and marriage.

Michael H. Cottman         Michael, an award-winning journalist and author, is a Senior Correspondent for BlackAmericaWeb.com, a division of Radio One/REACH Media, the nation’s largest black-owned media company.http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/13/arts/13joyn.html   Cottman covers the White House and offers commentary and political analysis about President Barack Obama, focusing primarily on how the Obama administration’s economic, educa...


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Elwood Watson         Elwood is a Professor of History, Gender Studies and African American Studies at East Tennessee State University. Dr. Elwood Watson is a professor, public speaker and op-ed writer. Blunt, provocative and always keepin’ it real, and known for his pull no punches, take no prisoners approach when speaking to the public or writing his on point columns, his “tell it like it is” approach has gained him a loyal and steady...


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Dr. Ty-Ron Douglas

Author, border crossing scholar, songwriter, and motivator who specializes in education, Black identity, and cultural/community-based spaces.

Dr. Ty-Ron M. O. Douglas         Dr. Douglas is a dynamic and sought-after international speaker, author, songwriter, and scholar who captivates audiences with his unique combination of depth, wit, and practicality. He has lectured and delivered keynotes in Africa, Europe, Bermuda, the Caribbean, and the United States.        Drawing on his international background, Dr. Douglas’ work explores the intersections between identity, communi...


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David Dennis

Rider on the first freedom bus ride from Montgomery to Jackson, May 21, 1960. Co-directed Ms. Freedom Summer in 1964. Worked with Bob Moses to direct the implementation of Southern Initiative Algebra Project.

David J. (Dave) Dennis, Sr.         Dave interrupted his collegiate experience during his freshman year in 1961 at Dillard University in New Orleans LA to work in the 60s civil rights movement in the South, particularly Mississippi and Louisiana, where he was arrested over 30 times in relation to his activities to register disenfranchised voters.Dave was on the first freedom bus ride from Montgomery AL to Jackson MS in 1961. He served i...


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Dr. Shonta Smith

“The Essence of Education” Educator • Author • Professional Speaker • Coach

Dr. Shonta M. Smith         Dr. Shonta Smith is the “Essence of Education”. She has defied the odds. From the slums of inner city St. Louis, she knew early on that there was something more. Dr. Smith knew that life in and of itself was great. She knew that greatness was upon her and that it was her responsibility to be true to herself and do great things. Dr. Smith was blessed early on as she had the opportunity to participate in the vo...


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Eljeer Hawkins

Eljeer is a grassroots organizer and speaker that specializes in race, criminal justice, historic black freedom struggle, political and social commentary.

Eljeer Hawkins        Eljeer, community and anti-war activist, born and raised in Harlem, New York, member of Socialist Alternative/CWI for 21 years.      He has toured internationally, invited to address audiences from South Africa to Ireland, Brazil to Belgium on the black struggle in the U.S. He has been involved in the recent Black Lives Matter movement and the fight for $15 movement. Eljeer is a former shop steward with Teamster...


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Rev. George Walters Sleyon

Author, Educator, Social Activist, Singer and Song Writer.

George Walters Sleyon          George is an International Speaker, Author, Preacher, Singer/Songwriter and Founder of The Center for Church and Prison, Inc.-A resource and research center  working towards community revitalization through prison reform and strategic solution development and intervention in the high rates of incarceration and recidivism in the United States criminal justice system. George has spoken in United States, Unit...


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Marc Bayard

Marc is an Associate Fellow and the Director of the Black Worker Initiative at the Institute for Policy Studies (www.ips-dc.org). He is an expert on labor, civil rights, and racial justice issues.

Marc Bayard         Marc is an Associate Fellow and the Director of the Black Worker Initiative at the Institute for Policy Studies (www.ips-dc.org).  He is the founding Executive Director of the Worker Institute at Cornell University.  Marc is a leading expert on racial equity and organizing strategies with extensive experience in building partnerships between labor, faith groups, and civil rights communities.A frequent speaker and soc...


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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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