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Cornell William Brooks

Cornell William Brooks

Keynote Speaker: Former President & CEO of the NAACP; Civil Rights Attorney; Social Justice Activist; Ordained Minister; Professor at Harvard Kennedy School

Cornell William Brooks Biography

A fourth-generation ordained minister, civil rights attorney, social justice activist, coalition builder and writer, Cornell William Brooks served as the 18th President and CEO of the NAACP. While there, he led the organization in securing 11 victories against voter suppression in 12 months.

As a speaker, Brooks has picked up the mantle of the powerful orators that have influenced him, including Dr. Martin Luther King. His moving keynotes inspire audiences to broaden their perspectives, expand their definition of inclusion and diversity, eliminate inequality and honor the history and ever-evolving mission of the civil and human rights movement.

A graduate of both Head Start and Yale Law School, Brooks is a champion of the transformative power of education and considers himself “a grandson, heir and a beneficiary” of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision argued by NAACP litigator Thurgood Marshall. He was called to the ministry while studying political science at Jackson State University, later becoming a Martin Luther King Scholar and earning a Master of Divinity from the Boston University School of Theology.

Prior to joining the NAACP, Brooks was the president of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice and worked as a civil rights attorney, housing and social justice advocate and as a fourth-generation minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

He also followed in the footsteps of his grandfather by running for Congress as an impassioned voice for public education, fiscal responsibility and affordable healthcare. He attributes his interest in healthcare to his father’s experiences as a physician in an African American community struggling with disparities in care. Brooks served for many years on the East Orange Hospital Board of Trustees and lead the NAACP’s national agenda to improve the health and well-being of African American families and families of color. Upon leaving the NAACP, he served as a fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics, ultimately becoming the Hauser Professor of the Practice of Nonprofit Organizations and a Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership and Social Justice, positions he holds today.

Moving, motivating, informative and insightful, Brooks brings both a proud personal heritage and a thought-provoking vision to the podium. He also explores new horizons such as the role of technology in achieving diversity and promoting diversity as a “cause” for cause marketing. Ever-aware of his own life-changing experience inspired by a powerful speaker, Brooks views each engagement as having the potential to transform and touch the hearts and minds of his audience.

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Cornell William Brooks Videos

Cornell William Brooks on CNN 6/21/2020
Cornell William Brooks Addresses the 2017 Graduating Class ...
NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks | NCRC 2016 ...

How to book Cornell William Brooks?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Cornell William Brooks for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Cornell William Brooks, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Cornell William Brooks or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Cornell William Brooks?

Booking fees for Cornell William Brooks, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Cornell William Brooks, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Cornell William Brooks?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Cornell William Brooks for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Cornell William Brooks for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Cornell William Brooks or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Cornell William Brooks or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Cornell William Brooks is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Business Leadership, Civil Rights and Black Heritage. The estimated speaking fee range to book Cornell William Brooks for live events is $30,000 - $50,000, and for virtual events $20,000 - $30,000. Cornell William Brooks generally travels from Cambridge, MA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are S. Lee Merritt, Michael Eric Dyson and Ijeoma Oluo. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Cornell William Brooks for an upcoming event.

Cornell William Brooks Videos

Cornell William Brooks on CNN 6/21/2020
Cornell William Brooks Addresses the 2017 Graduating Class ...
NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks | NCRC 2016 ...
Cornell William Brooks NAACP 106 Convention Speech

Cornell William Brooks News

How to book Cornell William Brooks?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Cornell William Brooks for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Cornell William Brooks, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Cornell William Brooks or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Cornell William Brooks?

Booking fees for Cornell William Brooks, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Cornell William Brooks, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Cornell William Brooks?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Cornell William Brooks for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Cornell William Brooks for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Cornell William Brooks or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Cornell William Brooks or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Cornell William Brooks is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Business Leadership, Civil Rights and Black Heritage. The estimated speaking fee range to book Cornell William Brooks for live events is $30,000 - $50,000, and for virtual events $20,000 - $30,000. Cornell William Brooks generally travels from Cambridge, MA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are S. Lee Merritt, Michael Eric Dyson and Ijeoma Oluo. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Cornell William Brooks for an upcoming event.

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