The social justice speakers on this list come from diverse backgrounds and have made significant contributions in the fight for diversity, equity, and inclusion. These inspiring activists are fighting for meaningful change in some of today’s leading social issues, including racial injustice, climate change, LGBTQ+ and gender equality, prison reform, food insecurity, and more. The social justice professionals below are experts in conveying that message through personal accounts, powerful insights, and captivating stories. Find your perfect keynote speaker for social justice events today.
Poet, Educator & Best-Selling Author
Co-Founder of the United Farm Workers of America; First Latina Inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame; Two-Time U.S. Presidential Award Recipient
Feminist, Social Activist, Professor & Writer
Writer & Social Activist Known for Her Work on Issues of Race & Identity; Author of "So You Want to Talk About Race"
Minister, Attorney, Author & Daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Attorney, Author & LGBTQ Rights Activist; Motivational Disability Speaker; Founder of the Trans People of Color Coalition
Consumer Advocate, Author, TV Host & Environmental Activist
Social Justice Leader & Movement Strategist
Acclaimed Journalist Known for Being Detained in North Korea; Host of "E! Investigates;" Co-Author of "Somewhere Inside"
Former WNBA Player, Co-Owner and VP of the Atlanta Dream; Non-Profit Founder & Black Lives Matter Activist
Civil Rights Leader, Broadcast Executive, Founder, President & CEO of the Trumpet Awards Foundation
Founder & Executive Director of the Freedom Writers Foundation; Education Reform Advocate
Disability Justice Advocate, Attorney, Writer
Scholar & Social Justice Advocate
Award-Winning Racial Justice & Civil Rights Activist; Community Organizer
Temple University Professor, BET News Correspondent, Human Rights Activist & Author
CEO of REFORM Alliance, CNN host, Emmy Award-winning Producer & NY Times Best-Selling Author
Entrepreneur, Technologist, Investor, Impact Leader & Co-Founder of the Malala Fund and Our Place
Scholar, Author, Professor, Civil Rights Historian & Director of The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute
Founder of RARE Coaching & Consulting; Anti-Racism and Diversity and Inclusion Educator and Consultant
Political Activist & Co-Founder of the Black Panther Party
Motivational Speaker on DEI, Workplace Wellness, Leadership & Improving Education; Youth Empowerment, Family Enhancement, Anti-Bullying & Social Justice Activist; Known as "Mr. I'm Possible"
Award-Winning Journalist & Producer for CBS News
One of the Central Park 5, Entrepreneur, Author, Trainer & Leader
President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; Former Senior Vice President for Social Justice at The New School
Anti-Racism Activist, Educator, Feminist & LGBT Activist
Civil Rights Attorney, Author & Media Influencer
Philosopher, Professor, Political Activist & Author of "Race Matters"; 2024 People's Party Presidential Candidate
Actress, Activist & Humanitarian
Climate Displacement, Migration & Refugee Expert; Founder of Climate Refugees
Attorney & Activist Dubbed "The People's Lawyer;" Founder of Merritt Law Firm
Civil Rights Advocate & Leading Scholar in Critical Race Theory
First Openly Gay Player In Major League Sports; Retired NBA Player; Equality Advocate
Civil Rights Activist & Member of the "Little Rock Nine"
Award-Winning Actress Known for "Black-ish," Youth Advocate & Voting Activist
Award-Winning Journalist & Media Personality, Author of "Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith"
Writer, Filmmaker & Black Studies Scholar; Founder of BYP100
Influential Voice at the Intersection of Politics, Public Policy & Civil Rights; Former Campaign Chairwoman for Kamala Harris's 2020 Presidential Bid
Veteran Political Strategist, Best-Selling Author & Former Interim Chair of the Democratic National Committee
Veteran Civil Rights Attorney; Represented Rosa Parks & Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Community Organizer, Journalist, Political Activist, President & Founder of Know Thy Self Productions
Anti-Racist Essayist, Author & Educator; Expert on White Privilege and Advocate for Belonging
Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker; Known For TED Talk on the Intersection of Civil Rights & LGBT Rights
Race Relations Expert, Clinical Psychologist & President Emerita of Spelman College
Social Activist & Founder of the Me Too Movement
Founder of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective; Reproductive Justice Activist & Professor
CEO of Sensory6.Ai; Former Head of Research & Design of Alexa Devices at Amazon; Board Chair & Design Fellow at Design Corps; CEO of CognitiveExperience.Design Foundation
Transgender Model, Activist, Broadcaster & British Vogue Contributing Editor
Political Analyst, Sexual Assault Awareness Advocate & Author of "The End of White Politics"
Former President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC); Advocate for STEM Education for African Americans
Educator, Counselor & Activist; Known as the 'Grandmother of Juneteenth'
Academy Award-Winning Writer, Producer, Actor & Director; Best Known for "BlacKkKlansman" & "Malcolm X"
Civic Leader, New York Times Best-Selling Author & Former Senior Advisor to President Obama
Economist, Author & Political Commentator; President Emerita of Bennett College for Women
Co-founder & Director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth
Race, Gender & Human Rights Activist; Daughter of Desmond Tutu
Hip-Hop Artist & Activist Focused on Social Inequality, Police Brutality and Systemic Racism
Founder & CEO of Creative Reaction Lab
Visual Op-Ed Columnist for The New York Times; CNN Contributor & NY Times Best-Selling Author of "Fire Shut Up in My Bones"
Executive Director of the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center at Howard University School of Law
Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer, ACLU
Palestinian-American Actress, Writer, Comedian, Disability & Anti-Cyber Bullying Advocate
Founder of Justice for Migrant Women; Gender Equity & Workplace Sexual Violence Expert
Performance Lecturer, Justice Strategist, Facilitator, Vocalist & Founder of RAPtivism
Award-Winning Author, Producer, Director & CEO of Social Impact Firm Inspire Justice
Academy Award-Winning Actress & United Nations Goodwill Ambassador on Human Trafficking
Psychologist, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Consultant
Chief Advocacy Officer of RAICES & DREAMer
Co-Founder & CEO of Embrace Innovations
President of Color Of Change, Civil Rights Leader & Nonprofit Executive
Executive Director at Seeding Justice; Racial & Social Justice Activist
Writer, Cultural Critic, Columnist at Slate, Co-Host of "Mom & Dad Are Fighting" Podcast
Anti-Racist Educator, Author of "This Book is Anti-Racist"
Transgender Rights Activist; Executive Director of the Marsha P. Johnson Institute; Co-Founder of the Global Black Lives Matter Network
Social Justice Scholar & Author of "Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools"
Alphonse Fletcher University Professor; Director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University
Performing Artist, Writer, Educator & Community Worker
Community Activist & Speaker
Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Speaker; Ethics and Political Values Expert; Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at the University of Texas at Austin
Founder of the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy; Works to Dismantle Structural Racism Exacerbated by Climate Change
Professor of History, Race & Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School; Author of "The Condemnation of Blackness"
Former Member of the Afghan Parliament; International Advocate for Women's Rights
Co-Founder of Black Votes Matter & The Black Voters Matter Fund; Professional Moderator & Facilitator; Principal Owner of TruthSpeaks Consulting LLC
Civil Rights Activist, Global Humanitarian & Political Leader
Activist, Olympian & WNBA Champion
Director of the Department of Gender & Sexuality Studies and Center for Biotechnology & Global Health Policy at University of California Irvine; Founder of the Institute for Global Child Advocacy
Sports Journalist, Analyst & Talk Show Host Known for "First Take"
Executive Director of AAPI Equity Alliance & Co-Founder of Stop AAPI Hate
Renowned Women's Rights Attorney; Subject of Netflix Documentary "Seeing Allred"
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Consultant, TEDx Speaker, Educator, Author
Co-President of Community Change; Proud Latina, Organizer & Social Activist
Social Entrepreneur, Branding Expert & Founder of PERIOD
Literacy Advocate & Director of the Center for Dyslexia, Diverse Learners, and Social Justice
Education Speaker, Founder of Mindvalley, New York Times Bestselling Author & Activist
Co-Executive Director of The Highlander Research & Education Center; Activist
Human Rights Advocate, Strategist, Writer & Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter Movement
One of the Central Park 5, American Criminal Rights Activist & Businessman
Actress, Model & Activist; UN Women Goodwill Ambassador; Co-Founder of the HeForShe Campaign
Professional Consultant in Re-entry, Gang Rehabilitation & Intervention, Global Homeboy Network Ambassador at Homeboy Industries
Founding Director of the American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate & Social Impact
Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York U.S. Department of Justice; Legal Analyst for CNN