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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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

Sits on the Board of Directors of the Voter Participation Center, The Women’s Voices Women’s Vote Action Fund, and the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever           Named to theGrio 100, recognized by the Women's Media Center as one of 30 women making history, and acknowledged by BET as one of the most influential women in Washington, DC, Dr. Jones-DeWeever is a key voice on the needs and condition of women and the African American community. Her policy perspectives have been shared widely in various national and international outlets including CNN, C-SPAN, PBS, TV...


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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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Rebecca Walker

Best-selling author, acclaimed speaker and teacher, and award-winning visionary and activist. Daughter of Alice Walker.

Rebecca Walker          Her intention is to make the world a better place, one conversation at a time. She brings two decades of experience, insight, and innovation to the global conversation about race and gender, art and culture, and politics and power. She engages with audiences through writing and editing books, teaching and speaking at colleges and corporate campuses, blogging, social media, contributing to popular magazines and l...


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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         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 abo...


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Kevin Chappell

White House Correspondent for EBONY MAGAZINE, the largest African-American publication in the world.

Kevin Chappell          Kevin covers the White House and Capitol Hill, including hearings, floor debates, press conferences and events throughout Washington, D.C. for Ebony Magazine.     In 2008, during Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, he led a team of staffers at Ebony to lay out a journalistic and public relations strategy that proved to be the most important and monumental strategy ever embarked on by the magazine. In addition to in-depth...


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Clay Cane

Radio Personality and Award-winning Journalist.

Clay Cane         Clay is a New York City-based, radio personality and award-winning journalist. His work covers various topics: pop culture, sexuality, race, religion, social networking and personal branding. Raised in both Washington State and Philadelphia, his diverse racial and socio-economic background has fueled him to consistently deliver edgy commentary, which has garnered a strong following on his social commentary website, Cla...


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Michael Williams

Michael is ‘Mr. Sankofa Man’ who specializes in personal genomic testing as it pertains to heritage enrichment and rediscovering kinship ties.

Michael Williams        Michael is the CEO and Director of the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania based family educational consulting firm, Native Womb Advantage Consulting, LLC empowering diverse family communities throughout the African Diaspora  how to utilize personal genome testing to improve disease prevention, reconnect with lost kinship ties, and reclaim the knowledge of ancestral origins.As a Personal Genome Testing Expert Michael utiliz...


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Sharif Anael Bey

Moorish Science, Hidden African American History, Asiatic/African Operative Spirituality, Political/Civic Education/Mobilization, Health/Wellness, and Hand-To-Hand Combatives.

Sharif Anael Bey            Sharif is a dynamic and engaging scholar and author. He is the Syracuse NY Representative of the Moorish Science Temple of America, Lead Spokesman/Organizer for OPERATION PROCLAMATION, an Issues-Based Political Education/Mobilization initiative for urban centers, and the Founder of Unified Field Fitness, a training program for Operative Spirituality.   He is the Upstate Representative for Yee's Hung Ga In...


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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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State Representative Courtney Allen Curtis            Courtney is a Democrat State Representative, who represents St. Louis North County (District 73) including Ferguson in the Missouri House of Representatives. He was elected to his first two-year term in November 2012 and re-elected in August 2014. As a native and current resident  of Ferguson, Missouri, Mr. Curtis has been a vocal and vital figure during the unrest over the killing...


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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 REACH Media/Radio One, the nation’s largest black-owned media company.Cottman covers the White House and offers commentary and political analysis about President Barack Obama, focusing primarily on how the Obama administration’s economic, education and health-care policies impact African Americans and people...


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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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Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder         Dr. Wilder is a sociologist and scholar specializing in race relations, gender, and diversity issues. She is currently an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of North Florida. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Florida. In addition to her studies in sociology, JeffriAnne completed a Ph.D. concentration in Women's Studies and gender research.As a black woman and sociologist, Dr. Wilde...


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Michael C. Bullock, Esq.         Cultural Diversity Lecturer • Motivational Speaker • Historical Investigative Reporter      Michael is one of the most energetic, insightful and innovative public speakers of his generation. Mr. Bullock is rising to international prominence by delivering a highly positive message which tells people about African and African American History. Michael has been lecturing on African history for over 20 years...


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Ronnie Nunn

Sports related Speaker - focusing on diversity, education and decision-making in life.

Ronnie Nunn            Natural born leader, communicator, and motivator with successful track record in management and training within professional sports and education; Creative problem-solver who offers innovative strategies and tangible results; Solutions-oriented director with experience setting strategic long- and short-term goals with measurable outcomes; Expert at developing and analyzing performance metrics using quantitative data and o...


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Rev. George Walters Sleyon           George is a Ph.D. Student at the University of Edinburgh/UK. He holds a Master of Divinity (M.Div) and a post-graduate master: Master in Sacred Theology (S.T.M) in Philosophy, Theology and Social Ethics from Boston University.  Present Engagement:   He is the Founder/Executive Director of The Center for Church and Prison, Inc.: a resource and research center working towards community revitalization ...


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Neil Foote

Experienced Media Executive, Public Relations Specialist, Educator and Digital Media Entrepreneur.

Neil Foote         Neil is an accomplished executive with a proven ability to develop and implement new product strategies that support business, financial and community objectives.Foote, a native of Brooklyn, NY, is a ‘hybrid’ whose experience cuts across all aspects of the media, including print, broadcast and the Internet. Foote has been a newspaper reporter (The Miami Herald & The Washington Post), a newspaper industry executive (American Soc...


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Dr. Shonta Smith

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

Dr. Shonta M. Smith         Dr. Smith is Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Dr. Shonta Smith International. Her company is based out of St. Louis, Mo. Dr. Shonta Smith International provides services to professional corporations and institutions in the education field. The company's mission is to help provide schools and institutions with the highest quality education possible to our youth and to assist teachers, principals and other educatio...


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Carl Williams

Author - From Playing To Praying • Motivational speaker

Carl Williams           Carl, at the age of twelve helped start a gang. By the next year, he was under investigation by the FBI for his gang related exploits. He experienced brutal scenes of violence, including the shootings and near death beatings of numerous people.After being acquitted of a crime that could have sentenced him to 40 years in prison, Williams decided to turn his life around. He now earns a six figure income travels the...


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