Most professional speakers, or individuals whose career it is to speak publically to academic communities and other groups, are experts in their subject matter or field. They have achieved success in their industry or in personal pursuits, and are therefore uniquely capable of inspiring and motivating others to do the same.
Great Black Speakers is an organization with which speakers can register, and schools and other entities can search for, and contract appearances by, notable African American individuals. Accomplished African Americans have the opportunity to share their experiences and wisdom with others as professional speakers, and seeing and hearing from successful African Americans is one of the most efficient methods of engaging and motivating students at HBCUs.
Here are some of the top speakers at HBCUs:
Darrell Bennett, Jr. is a college lecturer, consultant, and author of inspirational books. A Harvard and Morehouse alum, Darrell is a nationally-recognized author and adjunct lecturer at ASA College in New York City.
Darrell’s topics include: Academic, Author, College Success, Constitution Day, High School Motivational, HBCU, Law School, Success, Young Black Men, Youth Entrepreneurship, and Youth Leadership.
Tai Beauchamp is a sought after media veteran, social entrepreneur, philanthropist and Spelman alumnus who lives her life for others. It was as a magazine editor that Ms. Beauchamp learned the profound power of media and how to use it to motivate and inspire millions around the world.
Tai’s topics include: Black Student Union , Business School, College Orientation, Communication, Entrepreneurship, Fashion, HBCU, Media, Self-Esteem , Women in Media, and Young Black Women.
Jullien Gordon, The PurposeFinder, is the country’s leading voice on purpose and motivation for the millennial generation. At the age of 27, he already has 10 years of experience working with millennials as a CEO, coach, and counselor.
Jullien’s topics include: Academic, At Risk Youth, Attitude, Black Student Union, Business School, Career, College Leadership, College Motivational, College Orientation, College Success, Discovering your Passion, Education, Entrepreneurship, High School Motivational, HBCU, Inspirational, Internships, Leadership, Marketing, NSBE, Personal Development, STEM, and Success.
Dr. Marc Lamont Hill
Dr. Marc Lamont Hill is one of the leading hip-hop generation intellectuals in the country. His work, which covers topics such as hip-hop culture, politics, sexuality, education and religion, has appeared in numerous journals, magazines, books, and anthologies.
Marc’s topics include: 100 Black Men, Academic, Black Social Commentary, Black Student Union, Constitution Day, Emancipation Proclamation, HBCU, Homecoming, Kappa Alpha Psi, Race Relations, and Young Black Men.
Terrence J is a North Carolina A&T State University alum, and has been preparing himself for superstardom and making sure that his life is the American Dream. Now, he’s using his hosting spot on BET®’s 106 and Park, the hottest music program in the world (airing in the US, Japan and the UK), to take his plan to the next level.
Terrence J’s topics include: Acting, Black History Month, Black Student Union, Campus Activity, Celebrity, College Orientation, Entertainment, HBCU, Homecoming, Media, Omega Psi Phi, and Young Black Men.
Dr. Ricky L. Jones
Dr. Ricky Jones was raised by his maternal grandmother in Atlanta, Georgia’s Carver Homes housing project. Ricky not only became the first member of his immediate family to graduate high school, but became a Morehouse College alumnus and was only the second African American to receive a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Kentucky where he specialized in Political Philosophy and Comparative Politics.
Ricky’s topics include: NAACP, Multicultural Affairs, Kappa Alpha Psi, HBCU, Fraternities & Sororities, Civil Rights, Black Student Union, Black Social Commentary, and Black Men.
Roland S. Martin is a nationally award-winning and multifaceted journalist. A nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate and the author of Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith, and Speak, Brother! A Black Man’s View of America. He also serves as executive editor of the Chicago Defender, the nation’s largest Black daily newspaper.
Roland’s topics include: 100 Black Men, Alpha Phi Alpha, Black History Month, Black Men, Black Social Commentary, Black Student Union, Celebrity, Civil Rights, HBCU, Media, Multicultural Affairs, and the National Urban League.
George A. Olokun
George travels all over the Nation and has spoken for the Obama Presidential Campaign, Black Enterprise, Essence, several colleges/universities, a number of K-12 Schools, Fraternal organizations, several civic organizations, and a list of major entities.
George’s topics include: 100 Black Men, Attitude, Author, Campus Activity, College Leadership, College Motivational, College Orientation, College Success, Discovering your Passion, High Achieving Youth, High School Motivational, HBCU, Leadership, Motivational, Personal Productivity , Religious, Young Black Men, and Youth Motivational.
Kimberly Stone’s POSHGLAM.com mostly caters to new luxury brands, and talented emergent designers. Aside from offering exciting and pertinent news on the next generation of fashion designers and brands, POSHGLAM also covers events, trends, fashion happenings around the world and local information pertaining to the different fashion markets.
Kimberly’s topics include: Career, College Orientation, Discovering your Passion, Entertainment, Entrepreneurship, Fashion, High Achieving Youth, HBCU, Media, Women in Business, Women in Media, Women in Society, Womens Empowerment, and Young Black Women.
Demetrius Darnell Walker is a native New Yorker. Born in Brooklyn and raised in the Bronx, Demetrius represents not only the merits of higher education, but street knowledge as well. Growing up in New York City, Demetrius was exposed to the struggles of the urban community. Avoiding the common pit falls of fellow friends and family members was a daily battle.
Demetrius’ topics include: Alpha Phi Alpha, At Risk Youth, Black History Month, Black Men, Black Student Union, College Motivational, College Orientation, Entrepreneurship, Fraternities/Sororities, High Achieving Youth, Hip-Hop, HBCU, Marketing, Social Entrepreneurship, and Young Black Men.
Growing up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Lynn Whitfield first watched the likes of Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and Bette Davis in “All About Eve” from her grandmother’s lap. Over the course of nearly three decades, the talent of the little girl who dreamed of being on the silver screen has taken her to the heights of the acting profession and earned the respect of the public and her peers.
Lynn’s topics include: Acting, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Arts, Black History Month, Celebrity, HBCU, Homecoming, Multicultural Affairs, Women in Media, Women in Society, and Womens Empowerment.
Source and phot credits: Great Black Speakers, feature photo courtesy of kollegekidd.com.