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Diversity

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

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 President & CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone, an agency that works to better the future of inner-city...

Political & Business Leader

Former President and CEO of the NAACP, Maryland Congressman, and Chairman of the Black Congressional Caucus, Mfume is credited with rebuilding and revitalizing the NAACP. As a leader, activist, and seasoned political...

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.

Personal Finance Expert

Speaker Carmen Wong Ulrich is a debt management specialist known for her realistic and valuable credit crisis advice. She hosts "Marketplace Money" for APM.

Social Critic & Intellectual

An activist, social critic, and one of the nation's most notable African American leaders, Dr. Marc Lamont Hill is among a new generation of public intellectuals who move with equal ease between Faculty Row and...

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 Activist / Writer

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...

Attorney & Civil Rights Activist

Angela E. Oh serves as the Executive Director of the Western Justice Center Foundation, a nonprofit organization that advances peaceful resolution of conflict. She has worked as an attorney, public lecturer, and...

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,...

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...

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...

Sports Journalist & Social Critic
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...

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...

Business Leader & Child Advocate

Stephen Pemberton is the Divisional VP and Chief Diversity Officer of Walgreens and is an expert at diversifying workforces. He is a leading keynote speaker on matters of diversity and inclusion and its importance to...

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, "...

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.

Diversity Consultant / Keynoter

Samuel Betances is a powerful speaker on issues of diversity, race relations, gender issues and education. He is the creator of the audio series Ten Steps to the Head of the...

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