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As guardians of the past, APB's historical nonfiction speakers and biography speakers ensure that history's strongest lessons are never forgotten. Profiling the people and events that shaped the world we live in today, these historians' and biographers' richly detailed keynotes take audiences on a captivating journey through time.

Historian & Biographer

Author, Educator & Historian

A former chair of the US Civil Rights Commission, law professor and civil rights historian, Dr. Mary Frances Berry defends the rights of all people, supporting issues from fair housing to equal...

Scholar, Author & Civil Rights Historian

Clayborne Carson was selected by the late Mrs. Coretta Scott King to edit and publish the papers of Martin Luther King Jr. He studies his life and the movements he inspired.

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author

The author of such bestsellers as March, Year of Wonders and Nine Parts of Desire, Geraldine Brooks crafts fascinating, meticulously researched fiction and non-fiction.

Prize-Winning Photojournalist

A prize-winning photojournalist known for publishing some of the last photos taken of a robust Castro, speaker Roberto Salas has documented the saga of Cuba's revolution.

Award-Winning Music Historian

Curator of American music at the Smithsonian and founder of Jazz Appreciation Month in the United States, Hasse is an expert on 20th century American music. A gifted pianist, brilliant author, and editor of several books, including Jazz: The...

Expert on Race Relations

Leading the way as an academic voice on race relations, Dr. Tukufu Zuberi is an inspiring champion for social justice. He hosts PBS's The History Detectives.

Political Activist & Humanist

One of the last surviving architects of the Black Panther Party, speaker Bobby Seale shows how civil rights are interconnected with environmental issues and global economics.

Best-Selling Author / Philosopher / Public Intellectual

Lévy is one of the most highly acclaimed philosophers, journalists, activists and best-selling authors in Europe today. A celebrated thinker, his works of philosophy, fiction, and biography included in his over 30 books, have made him one of the...

Emmy-Nominated Documentary Filmmaker

Emmy Nominated Producer/ Director, Keith A. Beauchamp attended Southern University in Baton Rouge where he studied Criminal Justice with the intention of becoming a Civil Rights Attorney.

Author & Documentary Filmmaker

Speaker Esmeralda Santiago is an award-winning author and founder of Cantomedia, a production company known for its documentaries. She supports community-based programs.

Author, The Color Purple

A gifted and prolific novelist as well as a leading voice among African American women writers, speaker Alice Walker authored the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Color Purple.

Adventure Sports & Travel Journalist / Author

Writer, educator, public speaker, and entertainer Buddy Levy is a co-star of the new hit television series Brad Meltzer's Decoded on The History Channel. As a freelance journalist he has covered adventure sports and lifestyle/travel...

Best-Selling Novelist / Educator

Known for his best-selling She’s Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True, and for having twice earned a spot in Oprah’s Book Club, Lamb has since been popular with readers nationwide. From his intense The Hour I First Believed...

Award-Winning Author

Hailed as “one of the most insightful writers of our time,” Gish Jen balances analysis with storytelling. She brings brilliance, wit and warmth to pressing questions of culture, identity, and globalization.

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...

Legendary Two-Time Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist & Author

Bob Woodward is a journalistic icon who gained international attention when he and Carl Bernstein broke the deeply disturbing news of the Watergate scandal. The author of 12 #1 bestsellers – more than any contemporary nonfiction writer, Woodward...

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