The Color of Water: A Meditation on Identity
In this touching keynote speech, diversity speaker James McBride discusses the importance of learning to forgive one's past mistakes in order to press forward towards success, and the importance of failure as a successful tool for learning. McBride stresses that it is never too late to change. He uses examples from his own life and the lives of those he's come across in his wide experience to encourage young people to embrace their history, their identity, and appreciate the differences of those around them.
Who are you? A human? A student? An American citizen? You can be all of those things and more, but what part of those things is most important? McBride uses his experience of having growing up in an ethnically mixed environment to teach audiences to be kind, be a learner, and be a self starter.
Improvisation, Teamwork & Following Your Instincts: Finding Success Through the Principles of Jazz
In this innovative program, best-selling author and professional musician James McBride shares how the basic principles of jazz - including being willing to improvise, working as a team, being creative, following your instincts, and thinking outside of the box - can be applied to the world of business for lasting results. He peppers his talk with funny and intriguing anecdotes, while illustrating his points with toe-tapping numbers performed along with a full band of career jazz artists.
The Good Lord Bird: Faith & American Slavery
In a brand-new program, James McBride shares the powerful story of John Brown, a white American abolitionist who in 1859--along with 19 others--attacked the largest arsenal of weapons in America, ultimately prompting the Civil War by terrorizing the South and galvanizing the abolitionists in the North.
In this presentation, which is based around his National Book Award winning novel, The Good Lord Bird, McBride shares the story of John Brown, using gospel and spiritual music of the time to frame his life and how it is presented in the book. Audiences will feel inspired and uplifted by the amazing music, the real-life story of a true American hero, and the powerful words of one of our greatest public speakers.
The Liberal Arts Life: From Jazz to Journalism to Novel to Script
A "musical" lecture focusing on the importance of the liberal arts as learning tools for life.
Inspire to Live: A Lecture/Performance on Learning to Fail