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Civil / Human Rights Speakers

The struggle is real.

From the deserts of Sudan to the streets of America, discrimination, poverty and injustice continue to plague society. Our Civil Rights Speakers are comprised of authors, activists, journalists and celebrities who have marched in the iconic protests of the 1960’s, testified in the halls of government and put their lives on the line in hostile environments to bring freedom, dignity, a voice and hope to people worldwide.

Our Speakers deliver captivating and inspirational stories, shedding light on dark places, providing positive, practical solutions, exhibiting indomitable spirit and inciting action in audiences to make a difference.

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Civil / Human Rights Speakers

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


Jane Fonda

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

Screen legend, political activist, and fitness guru, Jane Fonda has inspired people around the world promoting a greater understanding of our common humanity through her acting and philanthropy. The Academy award-winning actress is recognized for… Full Profile


Jacqueline Novogratz

FEE CATEGORY * Contact for fee schedule
TRAVELS FROM New York, USA

Jacqueline Novogratz’ philanthropic vision has helped the poor with transformative services throughout the world. As founder and CEO of Acumen, Jacqueline has invested in companies serving over 123 million customers living in poverty in developing… Full Profile


Marian Wright Edelman

FEE CATEGORY * $30,000 to $50,000
TRAVELS FROM District of Columbia, USA

Marian Wright Edelman has been a pivotal force of justice within the last half century. As founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, she has been one of the nation’s foremost advocates for disadvantaged children, working… Full Profile


Arun Gandhi

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

Arun Gandhi is a global figure and social activist dedicated to teaching the non-violent philosophy of his grandfather, Mahatma Gandhi. He has tirelessly sought to bring a message of light and healing to people caught… 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


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


Craig Kielburger

FEE CATEGORY * Contact for fee schedule
TRAVELS FROM Ontario, Canada

Social entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author, and syndicated columnist Craig Kielburger likes to give back to the world in as many ways as he can. It’s a trend he’s followed since co-founding Free The… Full Profile


Marc Kielburger

FEE CATEGORY * $10,000 to $15,000
TRAVELS FROM Ontario, Canada

Leadership expert and youth guru, social entrepreneur Marc Kielburger is a New York Times bestselling author and co-founder (with his brother Craig) of Free The Children. This international charity and educational partnership aims to assist… Full Profile


Marilyn King

FEE CATEGORY * $5,000 to $10,000
TRAVELS FROM California, USA

Former Olympian Marilyn King is an extraordinary speaker, providing business leaders and educators with the tools and skills they need to dig deep–and reach for the Gold! Through her keynotes, training and consulting Marilyn has… Full Profile


Doc Hendley

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

Doc Hendley is a CNN Hero and President and founder of the organization Wine to Water. He brings his knowledge of civil and human rights, global affairs and empowerment to his inspirational presentations. The original… Full Profile


Ellen Goodman

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

For decades, iconic columnist Ellen Goodman has shared her thoughts on the tumult of social change and its impact on families. Describing herself now as a “recovering journalist,” the Pulitzer Prize winner continues to drive… 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


Irshad Manji

FEE CATEGORY * $30,000 to $50,000
TRAVELS FROM Ontario, Canada

Liberal Muslim intellect, Irshad Manji is founder and director of the Moral Courage Project at New York University's school of public service, where she works to equip students to challenge political correctness, intellectual conformity and… Full Profile


Jodie Foster

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

Two-time Academy Award-winning actress, Jodie Foster delivers a sense of passion, intensity, and realism to every role she takes. Considered to be one of the most talented and intelligent actors alive, her career in Hollywood… Full Profile


Lenora Fulani

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

For over three decades, Lenora Fulani has tirelessly crusaded against social injustice and political corruption. The spirited development psychologist is perhaps best known for her political career as an independent candidate, including two runs for… Full Profile


Kenneth Feinberg

FEE CATEGORY * $30,000 to $50,000
TRAVELS FROM District of Columbia, USA

Nationally known lawyer, Kenneth Feinberg has been called the country’s “go-to-czar” for resolving the most high profile and sensitive legal claims arising from disaster and mass injury. He has been appointed by a succession of… Full Profile


E.J. Dionne

FEE CATEGORY * $15,000 to $20,000
TRAVELS FROM District of Columbia, USA

Syndicated columnist E.J. Dionne is one of the most widely read and highly respected political analysts in the country. In addition to writing for the Washington Post, he appears weekly on National Public Radio, serves… Full Profile


Immaculee Ilibagiza

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

Immaculée Ilibagiza has an astonishing story to tell of the most horrific experience imaginable being transformed into a story of faith and forgiveness. During the 1994 Rwandan genocide a local pastor hid her and seven… Full Profile


Muhammad Yunus

FEE CATEGORY * $75,000 and above
TRAVELS FROM India

Professor Muhammad Yunus was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for his revolutionary work in establishing the Grameen Movement; this movement, based on micro-finance for the rural poor, combines capitalism and social responsibility and… Full Profile





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