Celebrating Black History Month 2020


As you plan for Black History Month 2020, take a look at our great selection of speakers that each provide a unique way to honor this important month. Our speakers will educate, inspire, and ignite important conversations about the past, present, and future of race.

History in Context

From the Great Migration to the Civil Rights Movement, our speakers examine crucial moments in our national history that continue to shape the country today.

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Activist, speaker, and author of I Don't Want Your Love and Light

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Ta-Nehisi Coates

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

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Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

National Book Award-winning historian and New York Times-bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist

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Carlotta Walls LaNier

Youngest of the Little Rock Nine, civil rights advocate, National Women's Hall of Fame inductee

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Isabel Wilkerson

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

Leading Social Reform

For this Black History Month, consider a speaker who inspires social change and champions systemic reform.

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Brittany K. Barnett

Award-winning attorney, entrepreneur, and author of A Knock at Midnight

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Dr. Jennifer L. Eberhardt

Award-winning social psychologist and one of the world’s leading experts on unconscious bias

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June Eric-Udorie

Feminist activist, Editor of Can We All Be Feminists? and Commissioning Editor for Diversity & Social Justice at SAGE Publishing

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Kwame Onwuachi

James Beard award-winning chef, Top Chef contestant and judge, and author of Notes from a Young Black Chef

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Shaka Senghor

Author of Letters to the Sons of Society and Writing My Wrongs and leading voice on criminal justice reform

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Private: Thomas Chatterton Williams

Author of Losing My Cool: How a Father's Love and 15,000 Books Beat Hip-hop Culture

Exploring Truth Through Literature

Honor this Black History Month with some of our critically acclaimed speakers whose fiction and poetry is grounded in historical truth, personal experience, and the testimony of others.

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Brit Bennett

Novelist of National Book Award nominated, New York Times-bestselling The Vanishing Half, and National Book Foundation 2016 5 Under 35 Honoree

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Emily Bernard

Professor and author of Black is the Body

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Edwidge Danticat

MacArthur Fellow and critically acclaimed Haitian-American writer

Danielle Evans

Recipient of the National Book Foundation's 'Under 35' award and author of Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self and The Office of Historical Corrections

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Yaa Gyasi

Author of Homegoing and Transcendent Kingdom, and recipient of the National Book Foundation's 'Under 35' award

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Robin Coste Lewis

National Book Award-winning poet, author of Voyage of the Sable Venus

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Donovan Livingston

Educator, poet, and author of Lift Off

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Dinaw Mengestu

Named one of The New Yorker "20 Under 40" writers to watch and author of The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears and How to Read the Air

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New York Times-bestselling author of Dear Martin and Odd One Out

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Colson Whitehead

Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author of The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys

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Jacqueline Woodson

National Book Award and four-time Newbery Honor Winner, MacArthur Fellow, and bestselling author of Red at the Bone

Please contact us about booking any of these featured speakers to come to one of your future events.

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