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Race Issues Speakers

Generations of civil rights activism has led to important legal, political, and social progress, but race relations in the U.S. remains more vital than ever. Addressing persisting race issues in education, housing, the racial wealth gap, and the criminal legal system, the inspirational keynote speakers in this category continue to speak out against the systemic racism and inequities that Black, Indigenous, and people of color still face today. These activists, authors, and educators are popular diversity speakers who can lead audience members in anti-racism training and share their unique experiences and perspectives on the Black Lives Matter movement, racial justice, prejudice and discrimination, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Tamika D. Mallory
(3 ratings)

Social Justice Leader & Movement Strategist

Ijeoma Oluo
(7 ratings)

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

Trevor Noah

South African Comedian and Political Commentator; Host of "The Daily Show"

Ellen McGirt
(2 ratings)

Senior Editor at Fortune Magazine & "RaceAhead" Columnist

Kimberlé Crenshaw
(4 ratings)

Civil Rights Advocate & Leading Scholar in Critical Race Theory

Ron Stallworth

Retired Police Officer & Inspiration for "BlacKkKlansman"

Charlene Carruthers

Social Justice Activist, Community Organizer & Founder of BYP100

Richard Rothstein
(13 ratings)

Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Policy Institute and Senior Fellow (Emeritus) at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Candice Morgan

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Partner at Google Ventures

Michael Eric Dyson
(1 rating)

MSNBC Political Analyst, Former Host of NPR's "The Michael Eric Dyson Show" & Best-Selling Author

Viola Davis

Academy Award-Winning Actor, Producer & Philanthropist

Tim Wise
(6 ratings)

Anti-Racist Essayist, Author & Educator

Xernona Clayton

Civil Rights Leader, Broadcast Executive, Founder, President & CEO of the Trumpet Awards Foundation

Janet Stovall

Sr. Client Strategist at the NeuroLeadership Institute; Inclusion Advocate, Speechwriter & TED Speaker

Tommie Smith
(2 ratings)

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

Fania Davis
(2 ratings)

Co-founder & Director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth

Wesley Lowery
(1 rating)

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Reporter & Author of "They Can't Kill Us All"

Jamilah Lemieux
(1 rating)

Writer, Cultural Critic, Columnist at Slate, Co-Host of "Mom & Dad Are Fighting" Podcast

Beverly Tatum
(5 ratings)

Race Relations Expert, Clinical Psychologist & President Emerita of Spelman College