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Black History Month & MLK Commemoration:

Michael Eric Dyson
Michael Eric Dyson

Public Intellectual & Best-Selling Author

Michael Eric Dyson is an author, public intellectual, and ordained Baptist minister. Intertwining today’s topics with cultural criticism, Dyson’s talks are thought-provoking, unwavering and foster social change.

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Dr. Cornel  West
Dr. Cornel West

Provocative Public Intellectual

A provocative public intellectual and champion for racial justice, Dr. Cornel West weaves together the traditions of the Black Baptist Church, progressive politics and jazz in his influential speeches.

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Diane  Nash
Diane Nash

Civil Rights & Peace Activist

A pioneer of the Civil Rights Movement, Nash helped form the Nashville Student Movement and coordinated the Freedom Ride from Birmingham to Mississippi. Her work was featured in the PBS film Freedom Riders.

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Dr. Rich  Benjamin
Dr. Rich Benjamin

Author, Essayist & Adventurer

Dr. Rich Benjamin sharply observes modern society and politics. He is the author of Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America, selected as an Editor’s Choice by Booklist and The American Library Association (2009).

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Dr. Mary Frances  Berry
Dr. Mary Frances Berry

Author, Activist, Educator & Historian

For more than four decades, Dr. Mary Frances Berry has been one of the most visible and respected activists in the cause of civil rights, gender equality and social justice.

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Cornell William Brooks
Cornell William Brooks

Former Head of NAACP

Cornell William Brooks is the former head of the NAACP. As an attorney, activist, congressional candidate and pastor, Brooks has spoken on civil rights and the pressing issues our nation faces. 

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Bakari  Sellers
Bakari Sellers

CNN Political Analyst, Lawyer & Activist

Speaker Bakari Sellers views himself as a public servant who believes education, civil rights and equality are the cornerstones of our nation’s future.

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Wil  Haygood
Wil Haygood

Acclaimed Biographer & Pulitzer Finalist

A prize-winning journalist, biographer and cultural historian, Wil Haygood is the author of seven books including the New York Times bestsellers Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination that Changed America and The Butler: A Witness to History.

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