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Black History Month & MLK

With one of the most expansive rosters of diversity speakers, APB offers speakers perfectly suited for MLK Day and Black History Month events. Whether discussing the state of race relations in our country or diversity in the workplace, APB's Black History Month and MLK speakers deliver keynotes that will educate and audiences and generate important dialogue.

Black History Month & MLK

Advisor & Speechwriter for Martin Luther King Jr.

Clarence B. Jones is currently a visiting professor at the University of San Francisco and a scholar writer in residence at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research & Education Institute. From 1960 until 1968, he was one the closest political and...

Civil Rights Activist & Politician

Former Presidential candidate, civil rights activist Reverend Jackson is one of the best known and most influential voices of American political and social activism. Called “the great unifier,” he has played a pivotal role in virtually every...

Crisis Management Expert, Author & Inspiration for Scandal

The real-life inspiration behind ABC's hit political thriller series Scandal starring Kerry Washington, Judy Smith is the US's premier crisis management expert.

Creator of "The Boondocks"

Creator of "The Boondocks" comic strip and animated series, McGruder is a young, fresh, and outspoken political satirist who dispenses social commentary with subversive humor. In his insightful presentation, "Negrology, the State of Black...

Actress & Women's Rights Activist

Actress, model, and speaker Gabrielle Union is one of America's top young stars, appearing in Bring It On and Ugly Betty. She also advocates for women's rights.

Brown v. Board of Education Originators/Civil Rights Activists

Brown Henderson is one of the children involved in the landmark decision Brown v. The Board of Education. She remains committed to civic leadership, working to promote diversity.

Documentarian & Emmy-Winning Producer

Stanley Nelson, an Emmy-winning MacArthur “Genius” Fellow and member of the Academy of Motion Picture Art & Sciences, is the director of thirteen documentary features. Nelson is a frequent speaker on new media and the “digital future” for...

Actress, Singer & Activist

Tatyana Ali is a Broadway-trained actress, singer, producer, activist & Harvard grad, well known for her role as "Ashley Banks" on the iconic television series The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

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.

Executive Editor, ESPN & Former Editor-in-Chief of Ebony

An award-winning media executive and brand architect, speaker Amy DuBois Barnett is of one of our nation's premier curators of American popular culture.

Former “Senior Black Correspondent” on The Daily Show & Former Host of the Nightly Show

The former host of the Nightly Show, Larry Wilmore speaks on diversity. He penned I'd Rather We Got Casinos, a smart look at race in America.

Actress on Hit TV Show Empire

Grace (Gealey) Byers can currently be seen as Anika Calhoun on the hit FOX series Empire, which returns for season three in the fall of 2016. From having near-death experiences to growing up in a unique family setting, Byers shares her...

CNN Anchor

Don Lemon anchors CNN Newsroom during weekend primetime and serves as a correspondent across CNN/US programming. Based in the network's world headquarters in Atlanta, Lemon joined CNN in September 2006. In 2009, he was named by Ebony as...

Columnist & Law Professor

The recipient of the MacArthur Foundation "Genius Award," speaker Patricia J. Williams is the author of Seeing a Color-Blind Future.

Grandson of Nelson Mandela, Founder of Africa Rising Foundation

As the grandson to Nelson Mandela, Ndaba Mandela is ensuring that his grandfather’s legacy lives on through his continuing work to ensure Africa’s brighter future. Among Ndaba’s efforts is the Founding of the Africa Rising Foundation, an...

Actress

From playing Bill Cosby’s youngest daughter “Rudy Huxtable” on the iconic Cosby Show to starring as “Miranda” in Tyler Perry’s House of Payne on TBS, Keshia Knight Pulliam has forged an illustrious acting career in both film and...

Political and Social Activist

The host and producer of BET's The Cousin Jeff Chronicles, Johnson is the former National Director of the Youth, College and Young Adult Division for the NAACP. Johnson is a social activist, AME minister, public speaker, and past vice...

Television Producer & Writer

Mara Brock Akil is a trailblazer for women in television. Using her career to advance and challenge the entertainment business, Akil strives with every project to affect, encourage and entertain all who watch and work with her.

Emcee / Activist / Co-Owner of Blacksmith Music Label

Few hip-hop artists have made as profound an impact in as short a time as Talib Kweli. In recent years, Kweli has played a major part in bringing a sense of spirituality, social conscience, and moral balance back to hip-hop.

Award-Winning Entertainer

Speaker Ben Vereen's credits include Broadway's "Wicked," Roots, and Law and Order. He addresses such topics as black history and overcoming adversity.

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