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Yusef Salaam

Yusef Salaam

Keynote Speaker: One of the Central Park 5, Entrepreneur, Author, Trainer & Leader

Yusef Salaam Biography

In 1989, at just fifteen years young, Dr. Yusef Salaam was tried and convicted in the “Central Park jogger” case along with four other Black and Latinx young men. The Exonerated Five spent between seven to 13 years behind bars for crimes they did not commit, until their sentences were overturned in 2002. Since then, they have received a multi-million dollar settlement from the city of New York for its injustice and have been profiled in award-winning films, including The Central Park Fivedocumentary from Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon and most recently the Emmy award-winning Netflix limited series When They See Us, written and directed by Ava DuVernay.

Over the past two decades, Salaam has become a family man, father, poet, activist and inspirational speaker. He continues to utilize his platform to share his story with others and educate the public about the impact of mass incarceration and police brutality rooted in our justice system. He regularly advocates for criminal justice reform, prison reform and the abolition of juvenile solitary confinement and capital punishment.

Salaam is also a New York Times bestselling author, and recently released his memoir, Better, Not Bitter., detailing his journey where in the face of misjustice, Salaam found hope.

Salaam is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from President Barack Obama (2016) and more recently has shared his story and stance on current issues on CNN, MSNBC, REVOLT TV, NPR Atlanta, FOX and more.

Contact a speaker booking agent to check availability on Yusef Salaam and other top speakers and celebrities.

Yusef Salaam Videos

Yusef Salaam on What He Learned From Adversity
Yusef Salaam | The Marshall Project | The New Yorker
Yusef Salaam Keynote | Unconscious Bias & Systemic Racism

How to book Yusef Salaam?

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

How much does it cost to book Yusef Salaam?

Booking fees for Yusef Salaam, 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 Yusef Salaam, 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 Yusef Salaam?

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


Yusef Salaam is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including College, Social Issues and Diversity. The estimated speaking fee range to book Yusef Salaam for live events is $30,000 - $50,000, and for virtual events $10,000 - $20,000. Yusef Salaam generally travels from Atlanta, GA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Bakari Sellers, Nikki Giovanni and Hill Harper. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Yusef Salaam for an upcoming event.

Yusef Salaam Videos

Yusef Salaam on What He Learned From Adversity
Yusef Salaam | The Marshall Project | The New Yorker
Yusef Salaam Keynote | Unconscious Bias & Systemic Racism
Forgiveness, a Path to Redemption | Yusef Salaam | TEDxSingSing
YUSEF SALAAM THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE - Roosevelt NY

Yusef Salaam Reviews

  • Auburn University - Mar 15 2022

  • this was definitely one of much better experiences with an agency this whole year so thank you! Also appreciated all the quotes in one link, made it much easier.
    University of Wisconsin-Madison - May 05 2021

  • Yusef's speaking engagement was amazing! He was attentive to the goals of the event, and found ways to make connections through his content. Yusef's speaking style made it feel like he was talking directly to you and not a large audience. His story of overcoming adversity is one that everyone should hear. It was incredibly powerful and sent chills through the audience. I cannot say enough positive things about All American Entertainment. They were prompt in their responses, and were incredibly helpful with all of my questions and concerns. Their roles in the planning process allowed for a smooth and successful event. It truly felt like they were invested in the event and wanted the best outcome for our organization.
    Target - Feb 02 2021

  • Great job! It was an honor and pleasure to work with Yusef Salaam to hear his story and learn the steps taken to have a better life.Hayley was truly supportive from the beginning and worked with the university and I which made me very happy because I had a short period to find a speak and LisaBeth was awesome as well . Thank you once again we look forward to working with your company next year
    University of New Haven, Black Student Union - Apr 01 2017

  • Great job! It was an honor and pleasure to work with Yusef Salaam to hear his story and learn the steps taken to have a better life.Hayley was truly supportive from the beginning and worked with the university and I which made me very happy because I had a short period to find a speak and LisaBeth was awesome as well . Thank you once again we look forward to working with your company next year
    University of New Haven, Black Student Union - Mar 29 2017

How to book Yusef Salaam?

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

How much does it cost to book Yusef Salaam?

Booking fees for Yusef Salaam, 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 Yusef Salaam, 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 Yusef Salaam?

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


Yusef Salaam is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including College, Social Issues and Diversity. The estimated speaking fee range to book Yusef Salaam for live events is $30,000 - $50,000, and for virtual events $10,000 - $20,000. Yusef Salaam generally travels from Atlanta, GA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Bakari Sellers, Nikki Giovanni and Hill Harper. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Yusef Salaam for an upcoming event.

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