Book Your Speakers for Black History Month 2024


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.

Percival Everett

Internationally acclaimed author and Pulitzer Prize finalist

Percival Everett Speaker Black History Month

  • Explores the power of literature to change the way we see the world and the unique influences that inspire us to create art.

Isabel Wilkerson

Pulitzer Prize winner and author of the critically acclaimed bestsellers The Warmth of Other Suns and Caste

Isabel Wilkerson Speaker Black History Month

  • 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.

Yaa Gyasi

Author of Homegoing and Transcendent Kingdom, and recipient of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” award

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  • 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.

Dr. Matthew Delmont

Expert on American history, Black American history, and the Civil Rights Movement

Matt Delmont Speaker Black History Month

  • Articulates the importance of Black newspapers, which served as vital forerunners of today’s social media activism.

Donovan X. Ramsey

Storyteller, journalist, and critically acclaimed author of When Crack Was King

Donovan Ramsey Speaker Black History Month

  • 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.

Leila Mottley

Award-winning author of Oprah’s Book Club selection Nightcrawling and former Youth Poet Laureate of Oakland

Leila Mottley Speaker Black History Month

  • 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.

Ta-Nehisi Coates

#1 New York Times bestselling author of Between the World and Me and The Water Dancer

Ta Nehisi Coates Speaker Black History Month

  • 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.

Nicola Yoon

National Book Award finalist and #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything and The Sun Is Also A Star

Nicola Yoon Speaker Black History Month

  • Diversifying the YA romance genre with Black representation.

Robert Jones, Jr.

Creator of Son of Baldwin and author of The Prophets

Robert Jones Jr Speaker Black History Month

  • Cultivates vital conversations on the Black Lives Matter movement, racism, literature, and politics with a uniquely personable and engaging approach.

Bryan Washington

Award-winning author of Memorial and Family Meal

Bryan Washington Speaker Black History Month

  • Delves into the role of identity, place, food, film, and the arts in storytelling and literature.

Dr. Joshua Bennett

Celebrated and award-winning poet, professor, critic, and scholar of the spoken word

Dr. Joshua Bennett Speaker Black History Month

  • Shares the transformative power of the spoken word and unpacks the hidden literary histories of Black environmentalism, education, and resistance.

Kiley Reid

Bestselling author of the debut novel Such a Fun Age, a Reese’s Book Club pick

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  • 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.

Danielle Evans

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

Danielle Evans Speaker Black History Month

  • 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.

Reach out to us and start planning a memorable Black History Month 2024 program.