Black History Month Speakers

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

Ta-Nehisi Coates

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

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

National Book Award-winning historian and author of How to Be an Antiracist

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

Jacqueline Woodson

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

More Black History Month Speakers

Brit Bennett

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

Rachel Cargle

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

Edwidge Danticat

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

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

Yaa Gyasi

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

Carlotta Walls LaNier

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

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

Kwame Onwuachi

James Beard Award-winning Chef and author of Notes from a Young Black Chef

Kiley Reid

Debut novelist of instant New York Times-bestselling Such a Fun Age

Shaka Senghor

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

Nic Stone

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