Every February, organizations across the country dedicate the month to celebrating Black History Month and the accomplishments of Black Americans. In honor of the 2024 theme of “African Americans and the Arts,” we are proud to represent speakers whose rich contributions to literature, film, music, visual arts, and much more continue to have a dynamic impact on culture and society. Reach out to us and start planning a memorable Black History Month 2024 program.
Internationally acclaimed author and Pulitzer Prize finalist
- Explores the power of literature to change the way we see the world and the unique influences that inspire us to create art.
Pulitzer Prize winner and author of the critically acclaimed bestsellers The Warmth of Other Suns and Caste
- Reveals the untold story of The Great Migration, its influence on art and music, and the enduring search for the American dream, the origins of our shared commonality.
Author of Homegoing and Transcendent Kingdom, and recipient of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” award
- Discusses the craft of writing and using fiction to probe the complexities and intersections of African immigrant and African American identities in the United States today.
Expert on American history, Black American history, and the Civil Rights Movement
- Articulates the importance of Black newspapers, which served as vital forerunners of today’s social media activism.
Storyteller, journalist, and critically acclaimed author of When Crack Was King
- Explores the essential role of Hip Hop and Black rappers in ending the crack epidemic of the 1990s and the lessons we need to learn to prevent another public health crisis.
Award-winning author of Oprah’s Book Club selection Nightcrawling and former Youth Poet Laureate of Oakland
- Examines how Black artists through time have subverted established genres and mixed them with Black traditions to create rap, blues, jazz, poetry, and spoken word.
#1 New York Times bestselling author of Between the World and Me and The Water Dancer
- Uses historical fiction, fantasy, and journalism to explore ways to address and ameliorate the continuing impacts of slavery, Jim Crow, and institutionalized racism on Black Americans.
National Book Award finalist and #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything and The Sun Is Also A Star
- Diversifying the YA romance genre with Black representation.
Creator of Son of Baldwin and author of The Prophets
- Cultivates vital conversations on the Black Lives Matter movement, racism, literature, and politics with a uniquely personable and engaging approach.
Award-winning author of Memorial and Family Meal
- Delves into the role of identity, place, food, film, and the arts in storytelling and literature.
Celebrated and award-winning poet, professor, critic, and scholar of the spoken word
- Shares the transformative power of the spoken word and unpacks the hidden literary histories of Black environmentalism, education, and resistance.
Bestselling author of the debut novel Such a Fun Age, a Reese’s Book Club pick
- Speaks on writing about one’s experiences through fiction, mastering the art of plot and dialogue, and probing the intersections of race and class structures in our country.
Recipient of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” award and author of Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self and The Office of Historical Corrections
- Explores racial identity in a post–Civil Rights America and the individual’s struggle to find a place within family and community when loyalty to place, family, and self are divided.