Civil Rights Speakers

Civil rights speakers are experts on civil rights, which protect people regardless of their race, gender, age, etc. The Civil Rights Movement has historically described the fight against racial discrimination and effort to achieve equality for African Americans, and to this day civil rights speakers fight for the advancement of equality for all people. These keynote speakers are authors, historical figures, business leaders and activists that can speak to your audience about civil rights and the history of the movement.

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Xernona Clayton

Creator of the Trumpet Foundation, Civil Rights Leader, Broadcast Executive

Ellen McGirt

Senior Editor at Fortune Magazine & "RaceAhead" Columnist

Richard Rothstein
(11 ratings)

Richard Rothstein is a Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Policy Institute, the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and of the Haas Institute at the University of California (Berkeley).

Staceyann Chin
(2 ratings)

Spoken Word Poet, Performing Artist & LGBTQ+ Rights Political Activist

Dr. Cornel West
(2 ratings)

Philosopher, Professor, Political Activist, Author of "Race Matters"

Ijeoma Oluo
(3 ratings)

Writer & Social Activist Known for Her Work on Issues of Race and Identity; Author of "So You Want to Talk About Race"

Jason Collins
(1 rating)

First Openly Gay Player In Major League Sports, Former NBA Player & Equality Advocate

Alex Newell
(1 rating)

Actor & Singer Known for "Glee"

Tamika D. Mallory
(2 ratings)

Activist, Founder of Mallory Consulting & Former Co-Chair of the Women's March

Yoruba Richen
(2 ratings)

Director, Writer & Producer; Known for her TED Talk on the Intersection of Civil Rights & LGBT Rights

Jessica Williams

Actress & Comedian; Former Correspondent on "The Daily Show;" Co-Host of the "2 Dope Queens" Podcast

Kimberle Crenshaw

Civil Rights Advocate & Leading Scholar in Critical Race Theory

Janet Mock

Author, Feminist, Transgender Rights Activist, TV Host & Founder of #GirlsLikeUs

Tommie Smith
(1 rating)

World Record Breaking Gold Medal Olympian & Civil Rights Icon Famous for Black Power Salute at the Olympics

Charlene Carruthers

Social Justice Activist, Community Organizer, Founder of BYP100

Maya L. Harris
(2 ratings)

Influential Voice at the Intersection of Politics, Public Policy & Civil Rights; Former Campaign Chairwoman for Kamala Harris's 2020 Presidential Bid

Fred D. Gray
(1 rating)

Veteran Civil Rights Attorney; Represented Rosa Parks & Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Bobby Seale

Political Activist & Co-Founder of the Black Panther Party

LZ Granderson

CNN & ESPN Columnist; Celebrated Voice on Sports, Race & Gay Rights

Wanda Sykes

Emmy Award-Winning Comedian, Actress & Author