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African American / Black History SPEAKERS

Our African American / Black History speakers comprise noted authors, athletes, scholars, leaders, artists, entrepreneurs and icons who embody a wide spectrum of topics, insight and diverse experience, from business, politics, culture, motivation, healthcare, women’s issues and more.

Whether you need a Black History Month keynote speaker, a diversity expert or an A-list celebrity speaker, our African American / Black History Speakers are guaranteed to engage your audience and elevate your next engagement.

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Gayle King

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
$30,000 to $50,000
TRAVELS FROM
New York, USA

Gayle King is the co-host of CBS This Morning and the Editor-at-large at O, the Oprah Magazine which continues to be a top-selling print magazine after more than a decade in production. Millions look to the three time Emmy-award winning journalist as a model of civility and respect. King entered local television news after a station executive offered her a job based on the professional tone of her voice. Though… Read More


Tyra Banks

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
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TRAVELS FROM
California, USA

Throughout her entire career, Tyra Banks has broken barriers and smashed glass ceilings. Despite hearing the words “You can’t” time and time again, she became an iconic model, television star, and accomplished entrepreneur who now urges young women to seize control of their destinies and work fearlessly towards their dreams. When Tyra began to pursue modeling, numerous agencies and designers turned her done for the color of her skin. Nevertheless,… Read More


Angela Bassett

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
$50,000 to $75,000
TRAVELS FROM
California, USA

Gifted and eloquent, actress Angela Bassett has captivated audiences with her strong performances for decades, building a reputation as one of Hollywood’s most respected actresses for her portrayals of assertive female characters often based on real-life figures. Her talent and high criteria for choosing roles has garnered her more than 50 award nominations from various entertainment organizations. Bassett began to contemplate acting as a career choice after seeing James Earl… Read More


Sheila Johnson

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
$25,000 to $30,000
TRAVELS FROM
Virginia, USA

Sheila C. Johnson is a successful entrepreneur and impassioned philanthropist. As CEO of Salamander Hotels and Resorts, a hospitality company she founded in 2005, Ms. Johnson oversees a growing portfolio of luxury properties, including three Florida golf and family resorts reaching from the Gulf to the Atlantic—Innisbrook Resort in Tampa Bay, Reunion Resort in Orlando, and Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast. Ms. Johnson’s equestrian-inspired and luxurious Salamander Resort &… Read More


LeVar Burton

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
$30,000 to $50,000
TRAVELS FROM
California, USA

In the past 30 years, LeVar Burton has done it all - from acting to directing and even producing. He has appeared in numerous television movies, films and television shows. Burton is probably best known for his roles as Kunta Kinte in the award-winning miniseries Roots, Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge in the Star Trek franchise, as well as being the host and executive producer of the long-running PBS children's… Read More


Tavis Smiley

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
$30,000 to $50,000
TRAVELS FROM
California, USA

One of the most influential philanthropists and human rights activists to come out of media, Tavis Smiley is a driving force for political justice, youth empowerment, and the end of poverty. He is the author of 16 books and currently hosts the Tavis Smiley talk show on PBS in which he interviews world figures daily. On radio he is the high-energy voice of several news programs dedicated to delivering listeners… Read More


Julianne Malveaux

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
$10,000 to $15,000
TRAVELS FROM
District of Columbia, USA

Noted academic, economist and expert on African-American/Black History, Dr. Julianne Malveaux's insightful and colorful writing and broadcasting is shaping public dialogue on race, culture and gender in today's America. Dr. Malveaux was awarded her Ph.D. in economics from MIT in 1980 and has held many prestigious academic posts since as faculty or visiting faculty member of the New School for Social Research, San Francisco State University, the University of California… Read More


Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour

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$15,000 to $20,000
TRAVELS FROM
Virginia, USA

It's all about the “Breakthrough Mentality": using it, Vernice “Fly Girl" Armour flew from beat cop to Marine Corps pilot in just three years and on the way became the USMC's first African American female pilot, then their first African American Female Combat Pilot. This might seem, and indeed is, a unique achievement, but after you've listened to Vernice and her inspirational “Zero to Breakthrough" flight-plan strategy you'll realize that… Read More


Dr. Dambisa Moyo

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
$50,000 to $75,000
TRAVELS FROM
New York, USA

Winner of the Hayek Lifetime Achievement award and named by TIME magazine as one of its “100 Most Influential People in the World,” Dr. Dambisa Moyo is an economist with an unrivalled knowledge of international business and global affairs. She is CEO and founder of the Mildstorm Group, a boutique firm providing investment strategies for its clients. She is also a board member at Barclays bank, SAB Miller and Barrick… Read More


Dr. Sampson Davis

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
$15,000 to $20,000
TRAVELS FROM
New Jersey, USA

Growing up in Newark, New Jersey, Dr. Sampson Davis was surrounded by poverty, broken families and drug-related crime. He managed to walk the tightrope between being smart and socially acceptable in a rough neighborhood, and he and two childhood friends made a pact that they would all become medical doctors. They all achieved their dream, and Dr. Davis is now a board certified Emergency Medicine Physician. As well as following… Read More


Roland Martin

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
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TRAVELS FROM
Illinois, USA

Repeatedly named one of the nation’s most influential African-Americans by The Root 100 and Ebony Magazine, journalist Roland S. Martin has dedicated himself to advancing the voice of African-Americans in the media by covering stories and matters that influence them that other news organizations often neglect or omit from the headlines. Martin is the host and managing editor of TV One’s NewsOne Now, the first daily morning news program in… Read More


Bryant Gumbel

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
$50,000 to $75,000
TRAVELS FROM
New York, USA

Best known for his 15-year tenure on NBC’s Today Show, Bryant Gumbel’s flair for television journalism and his talent for developing intriguing stories on a variety of topics made him a news legend. Today he can be on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, an investigative show that digs into ethical controversies, social issues, and human struggle underlying the athletic world. Gumbel has received multiple Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award,… Read More


Myrtle Potter

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
$20,000 to $25,000
TRAVELS FROM
California, USA

For over three decades, Myrtle Potter has dedicated herself to the needs of patients and consumers worldwide as a leader of some of America's most noted healthcare companies. A University of Chicago graduate, Potter began her career at Merck and Co. Inc., rising from sales representative into management. During her time there she directed the marketing of the antiulcer medicine Prilosec, which became the largest selling pharmaceutical product in the… Read More


Randal Pinkett

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
$5,000 to $10,000
TRAVELS FROM
New Jersey, USA

Dr. Randal Pinkett has established himself as an entrepreneur, speaker, author and community servant. He is the founder, chairman and CEO of BCT Partners, a multimillion-dollar consulting firm based in Newark, NJ, that specializes in program management, information technology and public policy. BCT Partners is a minority-owned and operated company and one of the leading firms in the country with expertise in the following industries: housing and community development, economic… Read More


Alan Keyes

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
$15,000 to $20,000
TRAVELS FROM
District of Columbia, USA

Alan Keyes is an expert on national and foreign policy issues, which is to be expected from a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and two-time candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. Keyes worked for the U.S. State Department for eleven years, as well as serving in the Foreign Service and on the staff of the National Security Council. He was the Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations… Read More


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