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Civil Rights Speakers

Voices for Advocacy, Equality, and Justice: Perspectives Shared by Iconic Civil Rights Experts

List of Civil Rights Speakers

Civil rights movements are not only a thing of the past. The 21st century presents both old and new challenges that disproportionately affect marginalized communities, and it's important to acknowledge civil rights history and the contemporary issues we face today. Gender equality, LGBTQ+ issues, voting rights, poverty, access to healthcare, unequal employment opportunities, and racial injustice continues to have a growing impact on activism and politics. The activists, politicians, celebrities, scholars, and authors in this category are passionate civil rights speakers who fight tirelessly for justice, education, and awareness.

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Erin Gruwell
(7 ratings)

Founder & Executive Director of the Freedom Writers Foundation; Education Reform Advocate

Sydney Freeland
(2 ratings)

Award-Winning LGBTQ Navajo Filmmaker & Emmy-Nominated Director

Simu Liu
(2 ratings)

Chinese-Canadian Actor & Writer; Best Known for His Role in "Shang-Chi" & "Barbie"

Emmitt Smith
(3 ratings)

Three-Time Super Bowl Champion & Leading Rusher in NFL History; Serial Entrepreneur, Bestselling Author, and Philanthropist

Billie Jean King
(3 ratings)

Former World #1 Professional Tennis Player & Sports Icon; Advocate for Women's Equality

Karamo
(5 ratings)

Television Host, Mental Health Advocate & Culture Expert on Netflix's "Queer Eye"

Andy Cohen
(5 ratings)

Emmy Award-Winning Host & Producer of Bravo’s "Watch What Happens: Live"

Retta
(2 ratings)

Stand-Up Comedian & Actress Known for "Parks and Recreation"

Daymond John
(17 ratings)

"Shark Tank" Investor; Founder & CEO of FUBU; Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship

LeVar Burton
(2 ratings)

Literacy Advocate & Actor Known for "Roots," "Star Trek" & "Reading Rainbow"

Chris Mosier
(5 ratings)

First Transgender Man to Make Team USA, Transgender Advocate, Triathlete & All-American Duathlete

Elaine Welteroth
(4 ratings)

Former Co-Host of CBS “The Talk,” NYT Bestselling Author, Award-Winning Journalist & Former Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue

Spike Lee
(2 ratings)

Academy Award-Winning Writer, Producer, Actor & Director; Best Known for "BlacKkKlansman" & "Malcolm X"

Bethany Hamilton
(1 rating)

Professional Surfer & Shark Attack Survivor; Inspiration for the Film "Soul Surfer"

Mae Jemison
(2 ratings)

First Black Woman in Space & Former NASA Astronaut; National Women's & International Space Hall of Famer Founder, 100 Year Starship

Karen Tse

Human Rights Defender & Social Entrepreneur; Founder of International Bridges of Justice

David O. Brown
(1 rating)

Former Chief of the Dallas Police Department

Paul Taylor

Executive Vice President, Special Projects, Pew Research Center; Author, "The Next America"