Whether they’re politicians, writers, celebrities, entrepreneurs, or athletes, many African-American speakers hold a special place in the speaker registry as individuals who have endured and overcome many of the same challenges as others, but often during times when certain opportunities for African-Americans was dubious at best. From the segregated first half of the twentieth century to the turbulent 1960s when African-Americans were beginning to find their own voice, many faced prejudices and racial backlashes that made professional success seem impossible at times.
Over the years, however, many African-Americans have achieved highly-respectable positions throughout various professions and industries. From President Barack Obama to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to the cookie-maven himself, Wally “Famous” Amos, African-Americans have held the type of transcending roles over the years that four or five decades ago were widely regarded as little more than a flicker of a dream.
With some speakers’ stories no doubt set against a historical backdrop, there are still many distinguished African-American speakers to choose from who can enlighten audiences and ensure a memorable event. Regardless of the industry you’re in or the specific interests you may have, you are bound to find a wonderful guest African-American speaker.
Al Joyner gained his fame as a Gold Medal winner at the 1984 Olympic games in the triple jump. He is the coach of the UCLA Bruin's womens jump team.
Al Sharpton, an ordained minister and civil rights activist who has his own television and radio shows, and he appears frequently on MSNBC, CNN and Fox News.
Bill Cosby is arguably one of the most influencial African American stars to date.
Fitness Expert: Creator of Tae Bo Workout System; Author
Author, Chef, Etiquette Consultant, Appearances on Passe Patout and other television shows, Host of radio show Zydeco Cafe, and Educator with the Prostart Culinary Program.
Executive Chef, Celebrity Appearances, Founded "Conscious Cuisine", and works to promote healthy cooking.
Coach Ken Carter was the head coach of the Richmond High School basketball program from 1997-2002, and had a movie made based on his time spent there enitied "Coach Carter".
Host of shows such as Pick of the Day, From My Garden, Meals Without Meat, Food in a Flash, and Calling All Cooks on Food Network, Literacy Advocate
Winner of TLC's Cake Boss: The Next Great Baker and current owner of Desserts by Dana in Deleware.
Daymond John is known as the founder of the fashion brand FUBU and a hard-hitting investor on the television series Shark Tank.
Season 3 Winner of American Idol; Author of the best-selling autobiography "Life Is Not a Fairly Tale"
Gale Sayers is a former NFL superstar and has done much with his fame since then. He has spoken up for both the black community and is an avid cancer speaker.
Celebrity Actress on shows such as “21 Jump Street” and “Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper”, as well as her day-time talk show called "The Talk". She also speakers and fights for cancer patients and children with Autism.
One of the most inspirational Black leaders in the U.S., Political Figure, Civil Rights leader.
John Lawson is the CEO of Third Power Outlet and has established himself as an expert in eCommerce.
Lloyd Boston is the autor of "Make Over Your Man", and is a TV fashing personality.
Lou Brock is a famous baseball player and has been a Keynote speaker in his career after baseball.
Mark Curry is known for his role in the 1990's sitcom on ABC "Hangin' with Mr. Cooper", where is portrayed a former basketball star turned substitute teacher.
Maya Angelou is one of the most famous advocates of womens rights and black heritage.
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