As we draw nearer to Juneteenth, consider these speakers who would make an excellent choice for in-person or virtual programming, whether your audience is looking to celebrate, reflect, or build community.


Lawyer; Journalist; 3x Emmy-Winning Co-Host of ABC’s The View; NYT Bestselling Author

Former U.S. Representative (D-FL, 2017-2023) and First Female Police Chief for Orlando

Leading and Inspired Voice on Racial Justice; NYT Bestselling Author of I'm Still Here; EP of The Next Question

Founder of The Witness, Inc., NYT Bestselling Author of How to Fight Racism and The Color of Compromise, and Historian of Race and Religion

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author of Franchise; Professor of History & African American Studies; Creator of the #FergusonSyllabus

Public Academic, Author, Entrepreneur, Philanthropic Innovator and Founder of The Loveland Foundation

Human Rights Leader; Co-Founder #BlackLivesMatter; Founder of Diaspora Rising; Coretta Scott King Center Legacy Award Recipient

Most Decorated U.S. Track & Field Olympic Athlete; Entrepreneur; Founder of Saysh

International Jazz Icon; Managing and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center; Leading Advocate of American Culture

Political Strategist; Award-Winning National Organizer; Co-Founder of Black Voters Matter; Advocate for Democracy and Civic Engagement

Grammy Award-Winning Hip-Hop Artist; NYT Bestselling Author; Social Activist

Inaugural Poet for President Joe Biden, First-Ever Youth U.S. Poet Laureate, and Bestselling Author

Staff Writer for The New York Times Magazine; Co-Host of the Still Processing Podcast; Editor of Black Futures

Award-Winning Filmmaker, Literary Scholar, Cultural Critic, Author, and Host of Finding Your Roots on PBS

Grammy Award-Winning Rapper; Entrepreneur; Activist; Advocate

Thought Leader, Founder of Vision & Justice, Bestselling Author, and Academic at Harvard University

Award-Winning Journalist, Writer, and Historian; Author of We Refuse to Forget

NYT Featured Social Media Influencer; "The Gen-Z Historian"; Advocate for Racial Justice