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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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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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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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Mary Frances  Berry
Mary Frances Berry

Author, Educator & Historian

A former chair of the US Civil Rights Commission, law professor and civil rights historian, Dr. Mary Frances Berry defends the rights of all people, supporting issues from fair housing to equal opportunity. 

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Wil  Haygood
Wil Haygood

Pulitzer Nominee, Author & Reporter

Author of The Butler: A Witness to History, Wil Haygood’s writing career has spanned decades. As a journalist, he covered everything from Nelson Mandela’s release from jail to New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina.

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Tavis  Smiley
Tavis Smiley

Political Commentator & TV Personality

From his conversations with world figures to his work to inspire the next generation, Tavis Smiley—broadcaster, author, publisher, advocate, and philanthropist—has emerged as an outstanding voice for change.

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