Inspirational Speaker, Professor, Principal Tubist & Best-Selling Author
At an age when many of us were headed off to nursery school, a young Richard Antoine White, aka “Raw Tuba,” was homeless and coping with deprivation and poverty. Richard often went in search of his mother who, while struggling with alcoholism, sometimes disappeared. Richard would go to all the places he had located his mom previously until he once again found her. One fateful night, Richard almost died searching for his mom in the snow and was taken in, fostered and eventually adopted by his grandparents. Read More >
How the Tuba Got Him Off the Streets of Baltimore | The Daily Show
Journey From Homelessness to ‘Belonging’ On Stage | PBS NewsHour
From Street to Stage | CBS News
The Daily Show Appearance Bonus Clip
R.A.W. Tuba – Official Trailer
I’m Possible: A Story of Survival, a Tuba, and the Small Miracle of a Big Dream
Science of Sound – Experiments at Home
In this incredibly inspirational presentation, Dr. Richard White shares his story—from a Baltimore kid trying to live on the streets most of the time at an incredibly young age to becoming the first African-American in the world to receive a doctorate of music in Tuba. And how resilience and determination led him on the path to success. This talk is most suited and requested by educational institutions, youth organizations, homeless organizations and arts organizations.
Is it possible for DEI to become as common in the workplace and in our culture as NFL football on Monday night? Dr. Richard White, who is certified in Diversity and Inclusion training from Cornell University, believes it can be achieved. In this talk, he’ll share some of the best practices for getting to this goal and how by changing the social consciousness of our society by creating and showing how DEI can be expressed through meaningful dialogues in education, administration and community outreach is a great way to start.
In this motivational and inspiring talk, Dr. Richard White imparts words of wisdom for anyone who is just starting out or trying to find their way. Along with his own story, Dr. White shares how to achieve success and any field of human endeavor through hope, kindness, paying it forward and the power of imagination.
"We were thrilled with Richard’s presentations. He was a delight and well received by an audience of one thousand. He was engaging, challenging, and passionate. We loved getting to hang with him and get to know him. Bottom line, it was an over the top experience."
"I wanted to tell you how phenomenal the assembly was for the student body. It was electric - Dr. White provided energy and wisdom. One teacher who has been at the school for a decade said that it was the best assembly she’s seen. There was a line up of students and faculty after his presentation wanting to meet him. Amazing! And it was such a gift for him to share more wisdom and deeper music knowledge with the chamber orchestra."
"Dr. White's presentation, R.A.W. Tuba: The Power of Overcoming, Resilience, and Determination, was the highlight of our public program offerings this year. His appeal spans generations, and this event drew everyone from teens to seniors, creating a true atmosphere of community for our audience. Our local high school band director regularly shows Dr. White's documentary to his students and arranged for a jazz youth ensemble to perform before Dr. White took the stage. It was wonderful for our local high school students to have the opportunity to "open" for him (for many, it had a profound impact). Dr. White's presentation was moving, powerful, and, of course, inspirational. And his long list of credentials and accomplishments was equally impressive. He is a passionate speaker with a commanding presence, and his authenticity captivated the audience. His humble nature made him pleasure for our organization to work with. We highly recommend Dr. White to any organization seeking a motivational speaker."
"I felt everything went very well. I particularly liked his interaction with our students the following day since I could tell they were engaged and inspired by his message. Several students asked some really good questions, and even Dr. White was surprised by some of their questions...in a good way...they were thinking!"
"Richard is absolutely amazing! I'm so glad he was able to join us. He knocked it out of the ballpark with our students! We all could tell he was in his element. Our students and staff were so inspired! Our surveys show that guests enjoyed the event and loved hearing from Richard. His musical performance was beautiful, he was personable and kind to everyone and he was a professional through and through."
"We want to sincerely thank you for your wonderful keynote speech! You were an ideal keynote speaker for us combining so many important insights on leadership, excellence in teaching/mentoring/learning, and Diversity/Equity/Inclusion/Belonging. Your inspiring life story and applied wisdom, shared with humor, great clarity, and well-crafted messages, was very moving. Perhaps the best indicator of your success as a speaker, with topics so relevant to our audience of music educators, was the wide range of good questions you got from our members! It was great seeing you interacting in person with our attendees. Thank you again."
"We would like to express our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for your wonderful keynote presentation. Thank you Dr. White for sharing your inspiring story and providing such an engaging, inspirational presentation. You shared an incredible amount of applied and actionable wisdom in your talk. All of us, all the participants on the call, were busy writing down and comparing notes with each other on favorite quotes or ideas you shared on a variety of important topics from the five languages of teaching to your moving and practical breakdown of complex, nuanced aspects of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging. On behalf of our CAN grant partners and participants, thank you again! Best wishes for the continued success of your important work."
"Richard was everything we needed for a great start for our PE and Fine Arts Fest! There was a lot of emotion packed into this 1hr and 30 minutes time slot! His speech was captivating, the documentary eye-opening, and the Question and Answer time was just plain FUN! Then we were entertained with his Tuba playing. I couldn't have asked for anything more! I'm amazed how he was able to do it all with such a short notice. I also want to thank you for organizing all of this at the spur of the moment! Wow! Amarillo loves Dr. Richard White!"
"It was a great evening. The audience loved it and Richard did a fantastic job. I appreciate everything you did to make this event a reality. It was a wonderful evening for our patrons."
"I can not thank you enough for being part of our day! You are an inspiration to more than just our homeless students and families, you touched so many lives today. I love your message about striving for the possibilities in life and having the same expectations for all students. I plan to help families build upon their foundation so they can see what is possible."
"Dr. White's story impacted me to the core. His story really shows that you can do anything you put your mind to. Seeing how he grew up and what he grew into makes me want to work ten times harder. His principles in life also really opened my eyes. Although the documentary was only 3% of his life, it still drove a bunch of points home to me. He also repeated a lot of the things my instructors have been telling me for the last few years. Dr. White's story was very influential and I am going to take the knowledge I gained from him and put towards my future."
"I am a junior in the Instrumental department at Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Having the seminar with you was really refreshing. Currently I have been stuck. If you will, picture a boat in the middle of the ocean. There isn't any land, wind or waves. That's how I have felt during this pandemic and it is really annoying. However, today you gave me a gust of wind that pushed me forward. The words you spoke opened my eyes and gave me a lot of motivation. The documentary also pushed me to believe in myself. Lately I have been doubting my worth. I have great dreams, but wasn't sure if I could make them a reality. You have pushed me forward and I thank you."
"Great meeting you and hearing your positive outlook radiate. Truly an inspiring individual!"
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