Black History Month Speakers

These motivational author speakers discuss some of the most crucial topics relating to African-American experiences, including identity, inequality, national history, and popular culture.

Reginald Dwayne Betts

Author of A Question of Freedom, PEN New England Award winner, and national spokesperson for the Campaign for Youth Justice

Ta-Nehisi Coates

#1 New York Times-bestselling author of Between the World and Me and We Were Eight Years in Power

Carlotta Walls LaNier

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

Colson Whitehead

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

Isabel Wilkerson

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

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Brit Bennett

Debut novelist of New York Times-bestselling The Mothers, National Book Foundation 2016 5 Under 35 Honoree

Edwidge Danticat

MacArthur Fellow and acclaimed Haitian writer, author of Brother, I'm Dying and Claire of the Sea Light

Danielle Evans

Author of Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self and recipient of the National Book Foundation's 'Under 35' award

Yaa Gyasi

Debut novelist of Homegoing and recipient of the National Book Foundation's 'Under 35' award

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

National Book Award-winning historian and author of Stamped From The Beginning

Imbolo Mbue

Author of the PEN/Faulkner Award-winning debut novel, Behold the Dreamers

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

Shaka Senghor

Author of Writing My Wrongs and leading voice on criminal justice reform

Bryan Stevenson

Attorney, human rights activist, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, and author of Just Mercy

Jacqueline Woodson

National Book Award and four-time Newbery Honor Winner, and bestselling author of Brown Girl Dreaming

Kevin Young

Award-winning poet, Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and poetry editor at The New Yorker