Still looking for a speaker for your Black Heritage Month programming? Here are some great voices available for events. You can also find more speakers for Black Heritage Month on our website.

ALLYSON FELIX: Most Decorated U.S. Track & Field Olympic Athlete; Holder of 13 Global Titles, 10 United States Championships, 11 Olympic Medals, and a World Record; One of Bloomberg's 50 People and Ideas that Defined Global Business in 2021, One of TIME's 100 Most Influential People; Advocate

ELIZABETH NYAMAYARO: United Nations Senior Advisor on Gender Equality (2013 – 2020); Founder, HeForShe Global Solidarity Movement for Gender Equality; Voice for Global Social Change; Author of I Am A Girl From Africa, A Memoir

AYỌ TOMETI: Co-Founder of the Black Lives Matter Movement

W. KAMAU BELL: Sociopolitical Comedian; Political Satirist; Host of CNN's United Shades of America

JOY REID: MSNBC Political Analyst and Host of The ReidOut; New York Times Bestselling Author

CAROLINE RANDALL WILLIAMS: Award-Winning Poet, Scholar, and Activist

ENUMA OKORO: Nigerian-American Writer & Lecturer; Financial Times Weekend Columnist

KAHLIL GREENE: Yale's First Black Student Body President; New York Times Featured Social Media Influencer; "The Gen-Z Historian"

AKALA: BAFTA and MOBO award- winning Hip-Hop Artist, Writer and Social Entrepreneur; Co-Founder of The Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company; Sunday Times Bestselling Author

JEMAR TISBY: Public Historian; New York Times Best-Selling Author of How to Fight Racism and The Color of Compromise

AFUA HIRSCH: Award-Winning Writer, Broadcaster and Film Maker on Issues of Race and Equality; Co-host of Enslaved with Samuel L Jackson; Writer and host of African Renaissance, the landmark documentary series on Black culture 

KWAME ALEXANDER: New York Times Bestselling Author, Poet, and Educator

DR. MARCIA CHATELAIN: Professor of History and African American Studies, Georgetown University; Pulitzer Prize Winning Author; Author of Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America; Creator, #FergusonSyllabus


Olympic Track and Field athlete SYDNEY MCLAUGHLIN was featured as a TIME Magazine “2021 TIME100 Next honoree, which recognizes emerging leaders. As recognizable as she is on the track, she is also known for being an inspiring role model since giving a notable and headline-making speech about overcoming obstacles to become one of the top young track and field athletes in America.


CLARENCE PAGE is one of the most nationally recognized and highly regarded syndicated columnists in the country as a Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist and a member of Chicago Tribune’s Editorial Board. In his speeches, he decodes top political issues with clarity, balance and humor. 


JUDITH JAMISON is a dancer, choreographer, and artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Jamison's iconic status in the world of performing arts shines through in her talks, as audiences respond to her passionate and electric remarks and carry with them the truth of their own potential.


The first Miss USA to be crowned while currently serving in the United States military, DESHAUNA BARBER has made it her life goal to encourage, inspire and strengthen the people around her. Barber speaks about diversity, inclusion, women's empowerment, overcoming adversary, and is frequently celebrated for empowering audiences.


A multi-Grammy Award-winning, platinum selling artist, LECRAE has evolved into a New York Times best-selling author, entrepreneur, speaker, thought leader, philanthropist, and Co-Owner/President of Reach Records. His talks help the public see beyond his music and focus on his message: what we say and do in hip-hop - and in the world - matters, so we should be thoughtful, careful, generous and respectful.


As an accomplished actor and producer, TIKA SUMPTER has established herself as one of Hollywood’s rising stars. Sumpter, along with Thai Randolph, is also the co-founder of Sugaberry, a lifestyle brand created by, for, and about moms of color. Their podcast, The Suga, recently won a Gracie Award for co-host/ensemble podcast.


MATT JAMES felt called to take on the role as the first Black male lead on The Bachelor, which was announced just four days after the death of George Floyd and in a time of heightened focus on civil rights and racial injustices in both the United States and globally. Since the March 2021 season finale, James continues to use his platform of over 1 million followers to encourage important conversations and work as a conduit for social change and awareness. 


MJ Acosta-Ruiz is the host of NFL Total Access on the NFL Network, the first ever Afro-Latina and woman of color to host a show at the NFL Network. She shares her inspirational story of hard work, endless preparation, and embracing what makes her different, and opens up about her journey from being told how to look and present herself to the audience, to being an unapologetic curly hair advocate.


Spearheading social media, TAYLOR CASSIDY is a content creator on TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube teaching millions of unsung Black history figures accompanied by her quick wit and strong passion. Seen in her series Fast Black History and Black Girl Magic Minute, she uses her platform to advocate for inclusion, representation, and love for one’s culture.