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Black History Month Speakers

Black History Month Speakers

Black History Month is almost here. If your group would benefit from the perspective of a Black History Month speaker, here is a great list of highly-accomplished individuals from government to business to media and even sports:

  1. Anthony Foxx
  2. Laila Ali
  3. Greg Gadson
  4. Donna Brazile
  5. Bakari Sellers
  6. Vernice Armour 
  7. Chris Gardner
  8. Crystal Washington
  9. Jonathan Capehart
  10. Shellye Archambeau
  11. Gianno Caldwell
  12. Amy Holmes
  13. Earvin Magic Johnson

Sec. Foxx is a digital cities and Internet of Things visionary. While he was Secretary of Transportation Foxx launched the Smart City Challenge, a national competition to embrace data-driven ideas in transportation. He also worked with companies like Tesla and Uber on developing guidelines for autonomous cars. He speaks to the ways our cities and businesses will change as a result of AI and robotics.

  • Laila Ali

    Mom, Wife, Boxing Champion and Elite Athlete, Fitness & Nutrition Expert, TV Host and Cooking Enthusiast, Beauty and Lifestyle Brand CEO, Actress, Advocate for Children, Author and Speaker

Laila is a four-time boxing world champion, fitness and nutrition expert, TV host, cooking enthusiast, founder of the Laila Ali Lifestyle Brand and mother of two. She motivates young women to find their strength, spirit, and power from within and uses her life experiences as examples of how to achieve success through courage, passion, and a positive mindset. 

  • Greg Gadson

    Decorated Army Commander and New York Giants Honorary Captain

Retired Colonel Greg Gadson has survived the very worst of war, but this highly-decorated American soldier has not been defeated by unfortunate circumstances. Gadson speaks with fervor about the crucial role teamwork and camaraderie play when facing life’s obstacles. He applies his story of personal adversity to every level of an organization, showing how every team depends on every one of its players.

  • Donna Brazile

    Renowned Political Strategist and Commentator and Former Interim Chair of the DNC

Political Strategist, Donna Brazile, is the former interim chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), as well as a, professor, author, and commentator. She was also the first African American woman to manage a US presidential campaign. Her southern charm, big personality, and hilarious anecdotes make her an instant audience favorite. She is known for her ability to expertly analyze the political climate and the driving factors behind it. 

  • Bakari Sellers

    CNN Analyst and Former Representative from South Carolina

Bakari is the youngest-ever member of the South Carolina state legislature and offers passionate political and social commentary and analysis informed by first-hand experience. As a rising voice in the Democratic party, he is a great speaker to provide insights into the current political landscape.

  • Vernice Armour

    American’s first African American Female Combat Pilot

Amour talks about how after the Combat Exclusion Policy was overturned by the Pentagon in 1994, she came across a female pilot at an ROTC career day and a dream was first born. She went on to become a Captain, serve two tours in Iraq, and write Zero to Breakthrough: The 7-Step Battle-tested Method for Accomplishing Goals That Matter

  • Chris Gardner

    Founder of brokerage firm Gardner Rich and inspiration for the movie The Pursuit of Happyness

Chris Gardner is the author of the 2006 autobiography, The Pursuit of Happyness, a New York Times and Washington Post #1 bestseller that has been translated into over forty languages. Gardner is also the inspiration for the acclaimed movie The Pursuit of Happyness for which Will Smith, starring as Gardner, received Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award nominations for his performance. 

Crystal is a social media and tech trends guru who helps teams fuel growth and sales by using technology to enhance interpersonal relationships. She uses her insights in social media and trends to explain how your company can use the current technology to remain innovative. In her talk, among other things, she explains what the current internet landscape means for recruitment, client engagement, and brand differentiation. 

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jonathan Capehart is a member of The Washington Post editorial board, writes about politics and social issues for the PostPartisan blog, and hosts the Post’s “Cape Up” podcast. He is also an MSNBC Contributor who regularly serves as a substitute anchor. Known for his insightful, hard-hitting reporting and writing, as well as his eloquent, witty, and thought-provoking commentary.

Archambeau has proven global business expertise combined with public policy passion. She shares her powerful personal story of overcoming the odds to achieve enormous success, and provides audiences with the four-step framework she has used throughout her entire life to achieve happiness and prosperity in her personal and professional lives. 

  • Gianno caldwell

    Fox News Political Analyst and Founder, Caldwell Strategic Consulting

Gianno frequently provides analysis and commentary on Fox News Channel, Fox Business Channel, CNN, HLN, BET, TV One as well as various national news networks. He is also a contributor to The Hill Newspaper. His opinions are sought out on a wide variety of topics including domestic policy, the economy, and Congress. 

  • Amy holmes

    Acclaimed Political Commentator and Host of PBS's “In Principle”

Amy Holmes is a familiar face with an unconventional voice in political news. As an on-air political analyst, Amy dissects and debates the issues of the day, appearing regularly on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and PBS. She is co-host of the new PBS weekly show In Principle, where she will be conducting serious, thought provoking, in-depth interviews with the nation's leading thinkers and newsmakers. 

Having left the basketball court for the boardroom, Earvin “Magic” Johnson has successfully parlayed his skills and tenacity from the court into the business world as Chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises (MJE). MJE provides high-quality products and services that focus primarily on ethnically diverse and underserved urban communities. 

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