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APB is proud to represent a robust roster of African American speakers whose wide-ranging talents and expertise make for scintillating keynotes. From best-selling authors and business leaders to social critics and award-winning journalists, these African American speakers deftly address any number of issues, from black Americans' representation in the media to the role of hip-hop in youth culture.

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Emmy Award Winning Filmmaker, Cultural Critic & Journalist

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. Host of the popular show Finding Your Roots, Professor Gates is one...

Founder & CEO, National CARES Mentoring Movement & Editor of Essence Magazine

The soul of Essence for decades, speaker Susan L. Taylor led the business into the success it is today. She also recruits mentors for at-risk youth.

NBA Legend & NY Times Best Selling Author

When Kareem Abdul-Jabbar left the NBA in 1989 at age 42, no player had ever scored more points, blocked more shots, won more Most Valuable Player Awards, played in more All-Star Games or logged more seasons, but his most important triumph was...

Race & Gender Justice Activist

The daughter of Archbishop Tutu, Nontombi Naomi Tutu is an expert in international finance and third-world development. She helps groups deal with conflict.

Provocative Public Intellectual & Groundbreaking Author

One of America’s most provocative public intellectuals, Cornel West has been a champion for racial justice since childhood. His writing, speaking and teaching weave together the traditions of the Black Baptist Church, progressive politics and...

Civil Rights Activist

Wife of slain civil rights activist, Medgar Evers, Evers-Williams became the first woman to lead and restore the credibility of the NAACP during a time when it was surrounded by scandal and controversy. She continues her activism on behalf of...

New York Times Best-Selling Author, Social Entrepreneur & Motivational Leader

Acclaimed author Wes Moore is a veteran, Rhodes Scholar and the founder of BridgeEDU. His most recent book, The Work, debuted at No. 15 on the New York Times Best Seller List and is a collection of, “…incredibly valuable lessons...

Feminist & Writer

One of America's foremost radical feminists, Angela Davis was on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted List in the '60s for her activism. She continues to speak out for equality.

Senior Executive at Walgreens Boots Alliance, Best Selling Author, A Chance in the World

Steve Pemberton’s story is about defying seemingly unsurmountable odds— overcoming abuse and neglect as an orphan in foster care to become a trail-blazing corporate executive, enlightened diversity leader, visionary youth advocate and acclaimed...

Civil Rights & Peace Activist

One of the pioneers of the Civil Rights Movement, Nash helped form the Nashville Student Movement, which aimed to desegregate the city’s lunch counters, and coordinated the Freedom Ride from Birmingham, Alabama, to Jackson, Mississippi. Most...

Branding Visionary & Founder of FUBU

Credited with creating the urban apparel market, corporate speaker Daymond John is the founder of FUBU and the branding guru on ABC's Shark Tank.

Interim Chair of the Democratic National Committee

Donna Brazile is a commentator on CNN and a Democratic consultant. She became the first African American to run a major presidential campaign when she managed Gore for President in the 2000 election.

Award-Winning Journalist

An Emmy-winning columnist and editorial writer for The Washington Post, speaker Juan Williams is an analyst for Fox News. He wrote Enough and Muzzled.

Mother of Trayvon Martin

Since the death of her 17 year old son, Trayvon Martin, during the violent confrontation in 2012, Sybrina Fulton is dedicating her life to transforming family tragedy into social change.

Father of Trayvon Martin

Since the 2012 death of his son, Trayvon, in a violent confrontation, Tracy Martin has committed his life to transforming tragedy into change.

President Emerita of Spelman College & Bennett College for Women

Speaker Johnnetta B. Cole is President Emerita of both Bennett College and Spelman College. She fights for diversity, justice, health, and safety.

Lead Attorney for the Family of Trayvon Martin

Distinguished lawyers whose names are on the pages of American History books are not there because of their pedigree, their alma mater, or even their affluence — it is because of the landmark cases they won and how their success has changed...

President & CEO of the NAACP, Activist for Civil Rights & Social Justice

Cornell William Brooks is the president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most widely respected grassroots-based civil rights organization. As an attorney,...

Lawyer, New Thought Spiritual Teacher, Author & TV Personality

From Welfare Mother to New York Times best-selling author, from the Brooklyn projects to Emmy Award winner, from broken pieces to peace, NAACP Image Award Winner Iyanla Vanzant is one of the country's most celebrated writers, thought...

Pulitzer Nominee, Award-Winning Author & Reporter

Best known as the author of the New York Times bestseller The Butler: A Witness to History, Wil Haygood is a distinguished writer whose career has spanned decades. He was an associate producer on the film adaptation of his book, ...

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