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Dr. Cornel  West
Dr. Cornel West

Provocative Public Intellectual

A groundbreaking author and champion for racial justice, Dr. West weaves together the traditions of the Black Baptist Church, progressive politics and jazz in his powerful keynotes.

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Kareem  Abdul-Jabbar
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

NBA Legend & NY Times Best Selling Author

A global icon that changed the game of basketball, Kareem is a Presidential Medal of Freedom winner and civil rights advocate working to bring more opportunities to underserved communities.

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Michael Eric Dyson
Michael Eric Dyson

Public Intellectual & Best-Selling Author

Featured on NPR and MSNBC, Professor Dyson melds scholarly insight with contemporary culture and examines civil rights and race relations. This thought-provoking talks foster social change.

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Debra  Lee
Debra Lee

Chairman & CEO Emeritus, BET Networks

Honored as one of the most powerful women in the media and entertainment industries, Debra Lee led BET Networks to become the largest global company dedicated to African-American programming.

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Kim  Crenshaw
Kim Crenshaw

Civil & Women's Rights Activist

Known for coining the term “intersectionality,” Crenshaw offers a critical examination of how social structures interact with gender and race on multiple levels, resulting in social inequality.

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Angela  Davis
Angela Davis

Feminist & Writer

Drawing from her experience on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List and the ensuing “Free Angela Davis” campaign, Davis delivers riveting messages of tolerance.

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Henry  Louis Gates, Jr
Henry Louis Gates, Jr

Filmmaker, Cultural Critic & Journalist

Harvard professor and host of the popular show Finding Your Roots, Gates is one of the country’s most influential critics on multicultural and African-American issues.

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Bakari  Sellers
Bakari Sellers

CNN Political Analyst, Lawyer & Activist

Sellers made history when he became the nation’s youngest African-American elected official. He cites education, civil rights, and equality as cornerstones of our nation’s future.

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