James Bell Biography

James Bell is the Founding President of the W. Haywood Burns Institute. The Burns Institute has worked in over 200 counties in 23 states to engage justice stakeholders and communities across the country to build equity in the administration of justice. He has trained and addressed thousands of human services professionals and community members on race, ancestry and inclusion as a necessary and vital component of the delivery of safety for all communities. He is currently working with San Francisco, Los Angeles, St. Paul MN and Toledo OH in reimagining services for families and communities impacted by the justice sector.

Bell has appeared on numerous national television shows, conducted several radio interviews and written blogs and articles for a variety of platforms. He has authored sections of published anthologies on intersections of justice and education, health and family disruption.

Bell has extensive experience in the international justice arena: he assisted the African National Congress in the administration of the youth justice system in South Africa and consulted with the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund. Most recently he was in Holland and England where he advised on emerging issues of racial, ethnic and religious minorities being over-represented in the justice system. In that context he gave an address at the House of Lords to a wide range of stakeholders responsible for justice. He recently visited Norway and Holland to observe their prisons and justice philosophy. He attended California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and Hastings College of Law.

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James Bell Videos

Putting Racism on the Table: James Bell on Mass Incarceration
Putting Racism on the Table: James Bell on Mass Incarceration
McDaniel College's 146th Commencement Speaker | James Bell, JD
McDaniel College's 146th Commencement Speaker | James Bell, JD

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Who is the agent for James Bell?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like James Bell 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 James Bell 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 James Bell or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for James Bell 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.


James Bell is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Social Activism, Black Heritage and Diversity. The estimated speaking fee range to book James Bell for virtual events is $10,000 - $20,000. Please contact us for live event fees. James Bell generally travels from San Francisco, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Liz Dozier, Nikki Giovanni and Dorothy Roberts. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling James Bell for an upcoming event.

James Bell Videos

Putting Racism on the Table: James Bell on Mass Incarceration
Putting Racism on the Table: James Bell on Mass Incarceration
McDaniel College's 146th Commencement Speaker | James Bell, JD
McDaniel College's 146th Commencement Speaker | James Bell, JD

How to book James Bell?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like James Bell 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 James Bell, 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 James Bell or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book James Bell?

Booking fees for James Bell, 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 James Bell, 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 James Bell?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like James Bell 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 James Bell 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 James Bell or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for James Bell 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.


James Bell is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Social Activism, Black Heritage and Diversity. The estimated speaking fee range to book James Bell for virtual events is $10,000 - $20,000. Please contact us for live event fees. James Bell generally travels from San Francisco, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Liz Dozier, Nikki Giovanni and Dorothy Roberts. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling James Bell for an upcoming event.

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