Nkosi Nkululeko is a brilliant new poetic voice from Harlem, who’s carefully crafted works explodes when he delivers his passionate performances.
African American Speakers
Jaha Dukureh is the founder of Safe Hands for Girls, a nonprofit organization working to protect young women and girls who are at risk of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
National Book Award winner for Middle Passage, Charles Johnson has also written the novels Oxherding Tale, Dreamer, and Faith and the Good Thing.
For two decades, Lateefah Simon’s work has been about working with our nation’s most rejected and marginalized – youth of color trapped in the juvenile and criminal systems.
Powerful African-American storyteller, educator, and social activist delivering important autobiographical, historical, and fictional stories about issues surrounding race and class.
Jim Lucas travels nationwide, delivering hundreds of performances of Dr. Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream, I’ve Been to the Mountaintop and other works in a dramatic one-man show.
Dr. Ramirez is a “science evangelist” who is passionate about getting the audiences excited about science. She inspires young people to consider STEM careers.
Abiodun Oyewole is a poet, teacher and founding member of the spoken-word group The Last Poets.
Called “the Father of Environmental Justice,” Dr. Bullard has been the leading voice against environmental racism for decades, including the recent Flint water crisis.
Community organizer who advocates speaking truth to power and power to youth, Tubbs, born to a teen mother and an incarcerated father, has become the youngest mayor in Stockton, CA history!
Award-winning filmmaker, scholar, and prominent film curator known for the documentaries FREE ANGELA And All Political Prisoners, and Chisolm ’72-Unbought and Unbossed.
Author of Stealing Democracy: The New Politics of Voter Suppression, President of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, and former Justice Department official.
Original Civil Rights Movement Freedom Singer – Civil and Human Rights Activist. President and founder of Community Projects, Inc.
World-renowned poet, activist, writer and educator. Over the past thirty years, Nikki Giovanni, one of the foremost black poet activists, has brought the eyes of the world upon her.
Recreating the remarkable life of famous abolitionist, feminist, and escaped slave Sojourner Truth, Kathryn Woods memorializes one of the most significant figures in American history.
For many, Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts is The Franklin Institute. Pitts teaches us to look up and wonder about what we see up there. His motto: “Eat, breathe, do science. Sleep later.”
Bernice Johnson Reagon and daughter Toshi Reagon have worked on civil rights music projects including the scores for the films Africans In America and BEAH: A Black Woman Speaks.