Diversity

Kareem Abdul Jabbar

Kareem Abdul Jabbar

NBA Hall-of-Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, having amassed 38,387 points over a 20-year career with the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers. Since retiring from the game, the man who perfected the “skyhook” has become a speaker, author, film-maker, and educator. On January 18th, 2012, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton appointed Abdul-Jabbar as a Global Cultural Ambassador.

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Mary Frances Berry

Mary Frances Berry

Mary Frances Berry is the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. She was appointed by President Carter and confirmed by the Senate as a Commissioner on the US Commission on Civil Rights. After President Reagan fired her for criticizing his civil rights policies, she sued him and won reinstatement in federal district court. In 1993, President Clinton designated her Chairperson of the Civil Rights Commission.

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Samuel Betances

Samuel Betances

“I do not know where to begin: Fantastic! Outstanding! Informative! Enjoyable! We have heard from many speakers over the years and I can say without question you were the most informative and enjoyable,” said a corporate client about one of the leading motivational speakers in America today, Dr. Samuel Betances. As a biracial, bicultural, and bilingual citizen of the world, Dr. Betances has worked in all fifty states, all six U.S. territories, and in various countries including Japan, Korea, Germany and Mexico.

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Guion S. Bluford

Guion S. Bluford

Dr. Guion S. Bluford, Jr., is Founder and President of The Aerospace Technology Group (ATG), an aerospace technology and business consulting organization specializing in aviation and space related technology development, analysis, and marketing related activities. Prior to joining ATG, Dr. Bluford was Vice President of Microgravity R&D and Operations for the Northrop Grumman Corporation and was responsible for all corporate microgravity research and technical development activities in support of NASA’s Human Exploration and Development of Space (HEDS) Enterprise.

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Donna Brazile

Donna Brazile

Author of the best-selling memoir Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics, Brazile is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University; a syndicated columnist for Universal Uclick, Ms. Magazine, and O, The Oprah Magazine; and an on-air contributor to CNN and ABC, where she regularly appears on This Week.

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LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton

The multi-talented LeVar Burton has captured the attention of audiences and peers for over two decades. As a multiple Daytime Emmy Award and Grammy Award winning actor, director, producer, author, and celebrity speaker, Burton proves he can do it all. Burton’s first professional audition, at the age of 19, led to his being cast as Kunta Kinte in the acclaimed miniseries “ROOTS.” He is also well known for his acting on the “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”

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Jose Canseco

Jose Canseco

Born in Cuba, Jose Canseco’s family fled the country when he was a baby to a better life in Miami. By the time he was 20, Canseco began to scale the heights of the American Dream as a minor-league baseball player in the Oakland A’s system. A vow to his dying mother to become the “best athlete on the planet” led to early experimentation with steroids and human growth hormone. Over time Canseco’s vast knowledge of performance enhancing drugs earned him the notorious title “Godfather of Steroids” and a storied career in pro baseball. In the end, he was held up as an example, shut out of the League just shy of a spot in the Hall of Fame.

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Carlos Conejo

Carlos Conejo

Carlos Conejo has been lecturing and consulting internationally on management, supervision, organizational development, and multicultural issues in Canada, Puerto Rico and The United Kingdom, presenting to thousands of people from various organizations and companies. His clients include, Johnson & Johnson, Oakley Sunglasses-Luxotica, Pentair Pool Products, Jacuzzi Brand Products, Curtis-Wright Aerospace, The US Marines Corps, U.S. Army, U.S. Postal Service, Amgen, St. Jude's, Medtronic and more.

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Susan Johnson Cook

Susan Johnson Cook

Suzan Johnson Cook was the first female and African-American to hold the position of US ambassador for international religious freedom. She has also served as a principal advisor to the president and the secretary of state. Additionally, she has been the faith advisor to two US Presidents, three cabinet secretaries, as well as political and celebrity leaders. She has been featured on Good Morning America, Today, The Today Show, as well as on Good Day NY, NY1 and CNN.

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Dominique Dawes

Dominique Dawes

Olympic Gold Medal-Winning Gymnast Dominique Dawes is a champion in life. Bursting into the international spotlight in 1992 as part of the bronze-medal winning women’s Olympic gymnastic team, she was the first African American gymnast to ever qualify and compete in an Olympic games. A three-time Olympian, “Awesome Dawesome” catapulted into stardom, winning more national championship medals than any other athlete, and is now the most decorated gymnast on the US women’s Olympic team. Since her Olympic glory, Dawes hasn’t rested on her laurels.

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Marshawn Evans

Marshawn Evans

Known to audiences as “Miss Peak Performance,” Marshawn Evans has used her story to speak words of empowerment across the nation and on such leading media outlets as ABC, VH1, CNBC, and PBS. As President and Chief Branding Officer of EDGE 3M, a media and marketing and management firm for celebrities and professional athletes, she represents some of the nation’s top personalities in entertainment and sports.

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Henry Louis Gates

Henry Louis Gates

African American politics. An influential cultural critic, Professor Gates has written a 1994 cover story for Time magazine, numerous articles for the New Yorker, and in September 2004, a biweekly guest column in The New York Times. In 2006, Professor Gates wrote and produced the PBS documentary also called “African American Lives,” the first documentary series to employ genealogy and genetic science to provide an understanding of African American history.

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Bruce George

Bruce George

Bruce George is a visionary, executive producer, writer, poet and activist. George is the Co-Founder of the critically acclaimed award winning “Russell Simmons’s Def Poetry Jam.” He’s also the Founder/Managing Editor of “The Bandana Republic, an Anthology of Poetry & Prose by Gang Members & Their Affiliates.”

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Chris Gibbons

Chris Gibbons

Dr. Gibbons’ is an Urban Health expert and informatician who works primarily in the area of Consumer Health informatics where he focuses on using Health Information and Communications Technologies to improve urban healthcare disparities. His work is forming the foundation of the emerging field of populomics which represents the fusion of the population sciences, medicine and informatics. Prior to coming to the Urban Health Institute, Dr. Gibbons was a Senior Policy Fellow at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

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Nikki Giovanni

Nikki Giovanni

Nikki Giovanni is a world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator. Over the past thirty years, her outspokenness, in her writing and in lectures, has brought the eyes of the world upon her. One of the most widely-read American poets, she prides herself on being "a Black American, a daughter, a mother, a professor of English." Giovanni remains as determined and committed as ever to the fight for civil rights and equality.

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Jullien Gordon

Jullien Gordon

Jullien Gordon is passionate about writing and speaking. He speaks regularly on millennials, motivation, purpose, and careers. He was invited to speak at the 30 Summit and The Gathering—two very selective groups for forward thinking millennials. Finally, he holds a seat on the Junior Board for the Beginning with Children Foundation and works closely with the Stay Inspired organization.

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Dr. Farrah Gray

Dr. Farrah Gray

Raised in the impoverished South side of Chicago, Dr. Farrah Gray defied the odds and became a self-made millionaire by the age of fourteen. At the age of twenty-one, he received an Honorary Doctorate degree of Humane Letters from Allen University in recognition of his ingenious economic mind and distinguished commitment to the development of values such as leadership, integrity, and scholarship. In his rise from poverty to international prominence as an entrepreneurial icon and pre-eminent power speaker, Dr. Gray has inspired millions around the world.

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Hill Harper

Hill Harper

Hill Harper has won legions of admirers for his soulful portrayal of "Dr. Sheldon Hawkes" on the hit drama series CSI: New York. A talented actor, Harper's passion for his craft is surpassed only by his dedication to inspire America's youth. A firm believer that identity is not defined by skin color or circumstance, the charismatic Harper encourages audiences to "take your biggest dream, and double it."

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Michael Hingson

Michael Hingson

Michael and “Roselle” have since become well-known as representatives of the strength of the human/animal bond, and have been successful in communicating the power of that bond in many media interviews and public presentations. Michael has traveled with a Guide Dog for 40 years and embodies the lifelong partnerships created by Guide Dogs for the Blind and those they serve.

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Immaculée Ilibagiza

Immaculée Ilibagiza

Immaculée Ilibagiza is the author of Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust, the international bestseller that has sold more than 250,000 copies worldwide and has been made into a documentary. Some of the proceeds from the book have raised over $150,000 for the orphans of Rwanda.

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