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Whether you view the United States as a melting pot or a mixing bowl, the fact remains that our nation is richly diverse. APB is proud to represent an extensive roster of diversity speakers whose keynotes address the multicultural nature of our nation. These speakers on diversity discuss the importance of valuing one's particular identity—whether that be a specific ethnic, gender, or racial assignation—while recognizing the common threads that bind us.

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Rapper & Actor, Law & Order: SVU

Hip-hop pioneer currently starring on Law and Order: SVU, Ice-T has risen up from the harsh realities of growing up disadvantaged to become a successful entertainer and entrepreneur. Serving as a sobering, yet inspirational, role model,...

Author, Self Esteem Coach & Advice Columnist

A woman with a message, speaker Abiola Abrams is an empowerment coach, advice columnist, motivational speaker and author. She is passionate about body image issues, women’s issues, healthy relationships and personal development.

Award-Winning Actor & Activist

As one of the most sought after veteran actors, Oscar winner Gossett has reached the heights of success. His unique talent for portraying powerful and charismatic characters has charmed audiences worldwide. As Founder of the Eracism Foundation...

Racial & Cultural Economics Expert

Recognized for her provocative, progressive and insightful observations, Dr. Julianne Malveaux, an economist, author and commentator, is the 15th President of Bennett College for Women. Dr. Cornel West describes her as "the most iconoclastic...

Winner of 'Survivor: Cook Islands'

Defying racial stereotypes about Asian American men in the media, Kwon led a multi-ethnic team to victory in the controversial, racially segregated 2006 season of Survivor.

Dean / Author

In 2004, Frank H. Wu became the ninth Dean of Wayne State University Law School in his hometown of Detroit. The author of Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White, Wu was named among the Top 20 Scholars in the Nation by Black...

Reporter, Poet & Activist

News reporter and anchor, poet, writer, activist, and lecturer, Felipe Luciano is one of the most dynamic Latino public figures in the United States of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. His eloquence, vision, and passion for issues of...

ESPN Analyst & Former NBA Player

Current ESPN/ABC studio analyst and former 13-year NBA veteran Jalen Rose is one of the select professional athletes to maintain a high profile post-retirement. Long known for his post-game quotes and great relationship with the media, Rose...

Chair of the NAACP

Recently named Chairman of the NAACP, Roslyn M. Brock has served the organization for the past 25 years. She is the youngest person and the fourth female chairperson in the organization's history.

Olympic Gold Medal-Winning Gymnast & Heart Health Advocate

Since her years as an Olympic athlete, Dawes has made it her mission to educate women about heart disease. An empowering advocate for heart health, she focuses on promoting physical activity, nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author & Journalist

Sonia Nazario, a former projects reporter for The Los Angeles Times, has spent more than two decades reporting and writing about social issues, earning her dozens of national awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for her...

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.

Author & Vice Chair, Ms. Foundation For Women

For over 20 years, Phoebe Eng has helped leading companies and organizations tap into the power of globalism and diversity to spur innovation. In her international lecture series, Fluency: The Art of Crossing Borders, Eng has helped several...

Poet / Musician / Social Educator

A cast member of MTV's The Real World: San Francisco, speaker Mohammed Bilal is a musician, poet and diversity consultant.

Expert in Leadership Development

As the chairman and CEO of S. Graham & Associates, a management and marketing consulting company that specializes in the corporate and educational markets. Author of You Can Make It Happen: A Nine Step Plan for Success, his clients...

Leading Business Motivator

Patricia Russell-McCloud helps organizations make positive change by analyzing leadership, workplace diversity, business ownership, operation, and more.

Businessman, America’s Leading Gospel Singer & Motivator

A top artist in contemporary Gospel music, and the first Gospel artist to ever go platinum, Franklin has transformed and transcended the genre. Throughout his success, he never lost sight of his faith, remaining a devout Christian, and he...

One of the "Little Rock Nine"

Dr. Roberts was one of the first to integrate the Little Rock Public Schools in 1957. In his presentation, Dr. Roberts guides participants through the exploration of the lessons to be learned from the chaotic episode at Central High School. He...

President of National Urban League

In a distinguished professional career that has spanned 25 years, Marc Morial has served as one of the most accomplished servant-leaders in the nation.

Track Superstar

Jackie Joyner-Kersee is considered one of the greatest athletes of all time. . She was the first woman to win back-to-back gold medals in the seven-disciplined event, the heptathlon, as well as the first woman to score 7,000 points in this event...

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