We are just a little over 3 months away from the celebration of Martin Luther King Day and Black History Month and now is the best time to lock in top Diversity Speakers to headline your upcoming event! Below is our list of the top 10 trending Diversity Speakers available for hire:
Gabrielle Union: Gabrielle is an empowering African-American actress who is using her celebrity influence to raise awareness on the current state of race relations in our country. She recently appeared in the latest film adaptation of The Birth of a Nation and gave an interview with TIME Magazine sharing her concerns about the realities of raising African-American children in America today. Gabrielle’s genuine disposition despite her celebrity clout helps her connect with audiences of all ages and backgrounds on a personal level to help drive home her message.
Cornel West: This iconic author and social activist is a popular choice for universities and organizations alike who are interested in hiring diversity speakers at the forefront of hot-button social issues in past decades. Cornel has long since been an outspoken advocate for advancing the visions of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his work. His bestselling books on race, gender and class relations in addition to his regular appearances on major news programs have made him a thought leader on social justice and ways to better our society as a whole.
Dominique Dawes: Dominique made history when she became the first African-American U.S. gymnast to win an individual medal at the Olympics. Today, she is praised as a trailblazer for African-Americans in sports and a role model to women and young girls all over the world. She has continued to positively impact the lives of others in her current role as the co-chair of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. Dominique can motive your audience to reach their full potential and build a strong foundation for success no matter what challenges or obstacles individuals will face in their own lives.
LeVar Burton: LeVar is a well-known celebrity figure and inspirational keynote speaker best known for his roles in Star Trek: The Next Generation and on TV as the Emmy-winning host of Reading Rainbow on PBS for over 2 decades. In January, LeVar was the headlining guest speaker for Oakland University’s Keeper of the Dream Awards Celebration honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. and his dream of racial harmony and equality. As a keynote speaker, LeVar’s experiences as a Hollywood actor and literary advocate give him a unique perspective on diversity and today’s current social issues.
Taraji P. Henson: Taraji was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World this year and it’s not hard to see why. She is one of the most humble, hardworking actresses in entertainment who overcame difficult challenges as a single mother raising her son and building a successful acting career simultaneously. In the beginning of October, Taraji released a memoir chronicling her journey to superstardom and is now one of the top requested keynote speakers for corporate events and women’s conferences.
Terrence “Terrence J” Jenkins: Terrence Jenkins, better known as “Terrence J” from his work as an on-air radio host and TV personality, is one of the most charismatic diversity speakers available for special events held around MLK Day and Black History Month. Just last week, Terrence delivered an inspiring and heartfelt keynote at The National Black MBA Association’s 38th Annual Conference and Exposition in New Orleans. While there he stressed the importance of education in reaching your goals and creating real change in today’s society.
Tony Dungy: Tony is the first African-American NFL head coach ever to win a Super Bowl but his influence extends well beyond the football field. He has authored a number of NY Times bestselling books sharing his lessons on faith, relationships, leadership and success in work and in life. As a motivational keynote speaker, Tony revels in the opportunity to mentor others and share with audiences his vision for a fulfilling life that leaves a lasting and positive impact on those around you.
Laila Ali: Like her late father before her, Laila embodies the same values of compassion, understanding and humility that made Muhammad Ali such an influential figure outside of the boxing ring. She brings her own unique perspective to today’s social issues as a retired African-American athlete and TV personality who understands that the betterment of our society as a whole starts at an individual level. Heading into 2017, Laila will continue to be a top choice for organizations looking to hire diversity speakers.
Ice-T: This legendary hip-hop artist turned actor has been very vocal in his efforts to raise awareness of the challenges and injustices that exist for people of color in America. As his career in entertainment has progressed, Ice-T has appeared as a featured keynote speaker at top universities such as MIT, Harvard and Stanford in addition to headlining corporate events and fundraisers. His speaking topics include discussing race relations in America, overcoming the impossible and the cultural relevance of rap music.
Holly Robinson Peete: Holly is an actress, reality TV star, author and mother of 4 who currently stars alongside her family in the acclaimed OWN Network docu-series For Peete’s Sake. The show chronicles their daily life including that of her eldest son R.J. who has autism. In 2010, Holly received an NAACP Image Award for her children’s book titled My Brother Charlie about autism from the sibling’s perspective. Her active approach to civic engagement and helping others makes her one of the top diversity speakers available for hire today.
Outside of these Top 10 trending Diversity Speakers, Celebrity Speakers Bureau features a robust database of inspirational Diversity Speakers ready to share their own unique message with your audience. If there is a Diversity Speaker you would like to hire that is not featured above or in our database, our experienced speaker booking agents can determine celebrity speaker fees, availability and help execute contracts with any keynote speaker on the speaking circuit.