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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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African American / Black History Speakers

Robin Roberts

FEE CATEGORY * $ and above
TRAVELS FROM New York, USA

One of the most respected television anchors in the nation, Robin Roberts pulls in millions of loyal viewers each morning as the co-anchor of Good Morning America. A self-made journalist, Roberts’ bold leadership and authenticity… Full Profile


Samuel Jackson

FEE CATEGORY * $75,000 and above
TRAVELS FROM California, USA

One of the most quoted and prolific actors of our time, Samuel L. Jackson has rewritten African Americans’ place in Hollywood through his unforgettable portrayals of strong intelligent characters. From Jules in Pulp Fiction to… Full Profile


Gayle King

FEE CATEGORY * $75,000 and above
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… Full Profile


Angela Bassett

FEE CATEGORY * $75,000 and above
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… Full Profile


Sheila Johnson

FEE CATEGORY * $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… Full Profile


Tavis Smiley

FEE CATEGORY * $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… Full Profile


LeVar Burton

FEE CATEGORY * $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… Full Profile


Julianne Malveaux

FEE CATEGORY * $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.… Full Profile


Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour

FEE CATEGORY * $20,000 to $25,000
TRAVELS FROM Georgia, 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… Full Profile


Dr. Dambisa Moyo

FEE CATEGORY * $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… Full Profile


Dr. Sampson Davis

FEE CATEGORY * $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… Full Profile


Bryant Gumbel

FEE CATEGORY * $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… Full Profile


Myrtle Potter

FEE CATEGORY * $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… Full Profile


Alan Keyes

FEE CATEGORY * $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… Full Profile


Randal Pinkett

FEE CATEGORY * $15,000 to $20,000
TRAVELS FROM New Jersey, USA

Dr. Randal Pinkett has established himself as an entrepreneur, speaker, author, scholar and community servant, and one of the leading voices for his generation in business and technology. He is the co-founder, chairman and CEO of BCT… Full Profile


Willie Jolley

FEE CATEGORY * $20,000 to $25,000
TRAVELS FROM District of Columbia, USA

Rated the “ #1 Motivational & Inspirational Speaker and Singer in America” by Get Motivated Seminars, Dr. Willie Jolley became speaking sensation after being fired from a nightclub where the professional singer was replaced by… Full Profile


Cullen Jones

FEE CATEGORY * $15,000 to $20,000
TRAVELS FROM North Carolina, USA

After nearly drowning in a Pennsylvania Water Park, Cullen Jones took up swimming, worked hard, and captured Olympic gold. He is the first African-American male to win a Gold Medal at the World University Games… Full Profile


Judy Smith

FEE CATEGORY * $25,000 to $30,000
TRAVELS FROM District of Columbia, USA

America’s Number One Crisis Management Expert Judy A. Smith is the founder and President of Smith and Company, a leading strategic and crisis communications firm with offices in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. Over the… Full Profile


Glenda Hatchett

FEE CATEGORY * $20,000 to $25,000
TRAVELS FROM Georgia, USA

For a decade, millions watched Judge Glenda Hatchett’s compassionate and just rulings on the hit court show Judge Hatchett. As a speaker, the seasoned legal practitioner continues her legacy of combatting social ills and advocating… Full Profile


Dan Lothian

FEE CATEGORY * $10,000 to $15,000
TRAVELS FROM District of Columbia, USA

Dan Lothian is a veteran national TV news correspondent and is a co-founder of Heart Beings, a gathering point for positive news, insightful perspectives and tools to help us grow and achieve the lives that… Full Profile


Lawrence Otis Graham

FEE CATEGORY * $10,000 to $15,000
TRAVELS FROM New York, USA

Lawrence Otis Graham is an authority on diversity in the workplace and the continuing need to rethink the way we view racism and class in the U.S. The Harvard educated lawyer became famous nationwide after… Full Profile


Samuel Betances

FEE CATEGORY * $10,000 to $15,000
TRAVELS FROM Illinois, USA

A passionate believer in equality, as befits a biracial, bicultural and bilingual citizen of the world, Dr. Samuel Betances challenges his audiences to embrace diversity and to work as a team for a better future.… Full Profile


Lenora Billings-Harris

FEE CATEGORY * $10,000 to $15,000
TRAVELS FROM North Carolina, USA

Noted for her ability to take complex diversity concepts and distill them into practical applicable strategies, Lenora Billings-Harris weaves inclusion, leadership, management and African-American history into the fabric of her speeches. The Society of Human… Full Profile





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