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Spirituality & Religion


Religion has been a powerful guiding force for humanity since the beginning of civilization, and APB's religion speakers are leading experts on religion's impact on the world. Featuring renowned spiritual leaders, public intellectuals and thought leaders, and influential celebrity speakers, these keynote speakers on religion cover all angles of faith and varying beliefs, and will enhance any public forum.


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...

Best-Selling Author & "Human Guinea Pig"

Renowned as "the human guinea pig," A.J. Jacobs has outsourced his life to India, read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica in a quest to become the smartest person in the world, lived modern life as the ultimate biblical man, and followed every...

Civil Rights Activist & Politician

Former Presidential candidate, civil rights activist Reverend Jackson is one of the best known and most influential voices of American political and social activism. Called “the great unifier,” he has played a pivotal role in virtually every...

Entrepreneur, Music Icon & Spiritual Leader

Once a rapper with Run DMC, today Joseph "Rev Run" Simmons is the star of Run's House, a fashion mogul, and a minister.

Minister, Attorney & Daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

A nationally acclaimed orator, she is the youngest daughter of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and one of Ebony magazine's “Ten of Tomorrow” in Leadership.

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...

Grammy-Winning Country Legend

An incredible storyteller, Milsap tells his inspirational story in a rich program, I Wouldn't Have Missed It for the World, interspersing songs with the defining moments of his life. By sharing his life in song, Milsap inspires others to...

Foreign Correspondent & Author

A graduate of Harvard Divinity School and a foreign correspondent for nearly two decades in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and the Balkans, he writes and speaks extensively on war, religion and the conflict in the Middle East. He is the...

Host of TLC’S Shalom in the Home

As host of Shalom in the Home, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach offered families advice about relationships, parenting and marriage. He is a best-selling author and a frequent radio and talk show guest.

Boston Globe Columnist & Author

James Carroll began his writing career as a priest but left the Order to pursue his craft full time. He has published nine books and writes for The Boston Globe.

Journalist & Author

The author of the critically-acclaimed Standing Alone in Mecca: An American Woman's Struggle for the Soul of Islam, she is a former Wall Street Journal correspondent, and friend of Daniel Pearl. Her character figures prominently in...

First Female Bishop of African Methodist Episcopal Church

Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie has made history as the first female bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Currently, she is honored to serve as the presiding prelate of the 13th Episcopal District, which includes Tennessee and Kentucky...

Iranian Writer & Journalist

A celebrated poet and filmmaker, Hakakian’s recent film, Armed and Innocent, takes a close look at the involvement of underage children in wars around the world. Speaking on the Middle East and the importance of human rights, Hakakian is...

Writer, Theologian & Gay & Lesbian Activist

The Reverend Monroe is an ordained minister, religion columnist, public theologian, and motivational speaker. As an African American feminist theologian, she speaks for a sector of society that is frequently invisible.

Inner City Minister / Youth Advocate

A firebrand preacher from the streets of Boston, Rev. Rivers is an eloquent and impassioned voice of faith. Through his activism and sheer force of conviction, he speaks the truth about fighting violence and crime, resurrecting hope for our...

Decathlon World Champion

From a fist-fighting, drug-using, and pre-suicidal youth, Clay became the "World's Greatest Athlete" in the decathlon.

Host/Managing Editor, News One Now

Host of TV One's NewsOne Now and nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate, Martin is the author of Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith, Speak, Brother! A Black Man's View of America...

Author, Left to Tell

Ilibagiza is the author of Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust, the international bestseller that has sold more than 250,000 copies worldwide and has been made into a documentary. Some of the proceeds from the book...

Political Strategist, Social Activist & Writer

As a gifted writer, stirring public speaker and ordained minister, Rev. Marcia L. Dyson has been hailed as one of our nation's foremost religious figures and spiritual writers. Using her special brand of wisdom and insight, Rev. Dyson's speeches...

Queen of Hip-Hop Soul

Dubbed "the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul," six-time Grammy Award winner Mary J. Blige has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide. She is also a songwriter, producer and actress.

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