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APB is proud to offer a roster of dynamic diversity speakers who present a fresh dialogue on issues of race, sexuality, disabilities, and diverse communities. These professional keynote speakers not only share their unique cultural experiences, but also provide insight on how diverse communities can achieve change and acceptance. Our roster of speakers on diversity includes African American, Asian, biracial, Hispanic, Native American, disabled, Middle Eastern, and gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender (GLBT) speakers.

Diverse Communities

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...

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.

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...

"Maria" on Sesame Street & Author

Those who grew up learning their ABC's with Big Bird, Bert and Ernie, Kermit and the Cookie Monster will immediately recognize Manzano as the bilingual "Maria" on Sesame Street. Manzano attributes her appeal to the fact that she acts the...

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...

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...

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist

Journalist and best-selling author of Half the Sky Sheryl WuDunn offers a compelling perspective on current economic, political and social issues such as women's rights.

Public Intellectual & Best-Selling Author

Named by Essence magazine as one of the 50 most inspiring African Americans in the U.S., Michael Eric Dyson is also a best-selling author, one of the nation's most renowned public intellectuals, and he has revitalized the title with the...

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.

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,...

ABC News Veteran and Host of What Would You Do?

Combining a moving life story, an exceptional career, incomparable insights, and a powerful presence, John Quiñones has emerged as one of the most inspiring keynotes in the speaking world today. His moving presentations focus on his odds-defying...

CEO of Robin Hood, Army Combat Veteran & Best-Selling Author

Acclaimed author Wes Moore energizes audiences with his remarkable personal story of overcoming adversity through education, embracing personal responsibility and emerging as an inspirational leader.

Emmy-Winning Journalist

Maria Hinojosa is an award-winning trailblazer in news and investigative journalism, as well as Anchor of NPR's Peabody-Winning Latino USA. Her over 25-year history reporting on critical issues and focusing on the changing cultural and...

Writer, Humanitarian & President of BK Nation

As a talented political activist, poet, journalist, essayist, hip-hop historian, public speaker, and entrepreneur, Powell is widely considered one of America's most important voices in these early years of the 21st Century. An astute and...

World-Renowned Neurosurgeon & Neuroscientist

Dr. Q is an internationally renowned neurosurgeon and neuroscientist who leads cutting edge research to cure brain cancer. Named as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in 2008, Dr. Q was also selected by Popular Science magazine as one of...

RuPaul’s Drag Race Judge & Author

Internationally renowned television personality, radio show host, platinum-selling recording artist, and now author, Michelle Visage has made a name for herself in the entertainment industry for the past three decades. On the television front,...

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...

New York Times Best-Selling Author & Musician

An award-winning jazz musician, McBride is the author of The New York Times bestseller, The Color of Water, a memoir that has become a modern classic. Spike Lee directed the film adaptation of McBride's book, Miracle at St. Anna...

CEO, Citizen University

Eric Liu is the founder and CEO of Citizen University and executive director of the Aspen Institute Citizenship and American Identity Program. He is the author of several books, including You're More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen's Guide...

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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