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Rashad Robinson

Executive Director of ColorOfChange

Biography

For over a decade, Rashad Robinson has helped to mobilize communities across the country to create more inclusive cultural and political institutions. Robinson serves as Executive Director of ColorOfChange, the nation’s largest online civil rights organization. Under his leadership, ColorOfChange has been at the forefront of issues ranging from fighting for justice for Trayvon Martin, to battling attempts to suppress the Black vote, to ending Pat Buchanan’s tenure as an MSNBC analyst. Robinson spearheaded ColorOfChange’s American Legislative Council (ALEC) national campaign. After ColorOfChange exposed ALEC’s involvement in passing discriminatory voter ID and harmful Shoot First laws, over 70 corporate funders ended their financial support of ALEC.  Read More >

Robinson has appeared in hundreds of news stories, interviews and political discussions through outlets including ABC, BET, CNN, MSNBC, OWN, the New York Times, Fast Company and NPR. His op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, LA Times, Newsday and Huffington Post, among others.

For the past five years, Washington Post’s “The Root” named Robinson to “The Root 100,” a list of influential African Americans under 45-years old. He is also the proud recipient of the ADCOLOR Advocate Award, “Transforming America” award from Demos and the “Bayard Rustin Citizen Change” award from Americans for Democratic Action. He previously held leadership roles at the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), Right to Vote Campaign and FairVote. 

Rashad Robinson currently serves on the Board of Directors for ALLOUT, Applied Research Center, Demos, the Global Campaign for LGBT Equality and State Voices. Robinson is a recognized expert on how popular culture impacts American attitudes and values. He has served as a thought leader, widely sought-out speaker and strategist on utilizing media to shift public opinion concerning civil rights issues and on holding political, corporate, and media figures and institutions accountable. Read Less ^

Speech Topics

Changing the Color of Democracy

The Fight for Racial Justice

The Color of Change: Past, Present, Future

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