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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.

Diversity

Poet, Educator & Best-Selling Author

Since bursting onto the scene as a passionate, influential force in the Black Arts Movement almost 40 years ago, Giovanni remains one of the commanding voices gracing America’s political and poetic landscape today....

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...

Grandson of Mahatma Gandhi & President of the Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute

Dr. Arun Gandhi is proof that one can change his ways. Although he is the grandson of the legendary Mohandas Gandhi, he overcame tremendous prejudice and anger in order to become the founder and president of the...

CEO, Commissioned Poet & Author, Millennial Advocate

Azure Antoinette has written poems for Maria Shriver and the American Cancer Society, speaking on universal human issues. Using performance poetry to explore the effects of...

Star of Little People, Big World

The star of TLC's Little People, Big World, Matt Roloff inspires audiences around the country through his determination to succeed in life despite being born with a rare form of physically debilitating...

Workplace Diversity Expert

As IBM's vice president of global workforce diversity, speaker Ted Childs helps companies understand the importance of diversity education to succeed in a corporate environment.

Domestic Violence Activist, Actor & Best-Selling Author

Born in Cuba, Rivers came to the US at the age of two, endured horrific child abuse and witnessed domestic violence at the hands of his father, which he chronicles in his New York Times bestseller, A...

Best-Selling Author

Author of the incendiary New York Times best-selling memoir All Souls and the companion bestseller Easter Rising, MacDonald shares his remarkable story of survival and redemption while examining...

Psychiatrist, Media Consultant & Author

A veteran of the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Poussaint is a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School who is renowned as an expert and educated crusader for the African American family within our multicultural...

Legal Theorist / Mentor / Activist

A renowned legal theorist, educator, and activist, Charles J. Ogletree is primarily known for his work surrounding race and affirmative action, having earned an international reputation for his precise legal analysis...

Best-Selling Author of the Rizzoli & Isles Series

Internationally best-selling author Tess Gerritsen took an unusual route to a writing career. A graduate of Stanford University, Gerritsen went on to attend medical school and become a physician. While on maternity...

Actor, Ugly Betty / Education Advocate

With an acting career in film, television, and theater spanning almost thirty years, Plana currently stars on the hit series Ugly Betty. A former teacher, he maintains his passion for education, serving the...

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...

Best-Selling Author

Since McMillan's breakout novel Waiting to Exhale surged onto The New York Times Bestseller List, critics and readers alike have been captivated by her irreverent, often-hilarious take on the issues faced by...

Inner-City Youth & Education Advocate

Profiled on 60 Minutes & featured in the documentary Waiting for Superman, Geoffrey Canada is the former President & CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone, an agency that works to better the future of...

Former NFL Player, Equality Advocate & Educator

Wade Davis is a thought leader, advocate, writer, public speaker and educator on gender, race and orientation equality. Davis played for the Tennessee Titans, the Washington Redskins and the Seattle Seahawks. In 2014...

Award-Winning Journalist & Author

Renowned journalist, author, and speaker Ellis Cose is known for his informed voice on issues at the forefront of national and international concern.

Columnist & Law Professor

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

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,...

Community Organizer, Journalist & Political Activist

Speaker Rosa Clemente engages communities through her discussions on Afro-Latino identity and politics, sexism within hip-hop culture, and hip-hop activism.

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