diversity | September 05, 2013

Upcoming: Celebrate Black History Month 2014 with Lavin's Top Speakers

With Black History Month just around the corner, now's a great time to check out the diversity speakers on Lavin's roster. Within that selection, we have a powerhouse group of Black History Month speakers who would make a welcome addition to your academic or corporate event. Whether you're celebrating in October (for those in the United Kingdom), January (for Martin Luther King Day), or February (for Americans and Canadians), our speakers deliver keynotes that educate audiences on the important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. They also generate important dialogue about race relations today and diversity in the workplace, classroom, and society at large. Today, we'll focus on two of our speakers: Ta-Nehisi Coates and Alison Stewart. (Feel free to also explore our broader list of diversity speakers, and to check back for future updates on other featured speakers).

Ta-Nehisi Coates has been a popular Black History Month speaker because his approach to talks on race relations is easy-going, clearly narrated, and unashamedly erudite. Earlier this year, he presented on the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the current state of racial equality in America. He also gave a very well-received speech on the history and impact of the American Civil War. The event planners praised his talk highly, saying: “[His] passion, compassion and ease in responding to audience questions was a real highlight of the week.” Coates is also working on a book about an interracial family in pre-Civil War Virginia, and he has been doing vigorous research on the subject. One of the most original and perceptive voices in black America, Coates addresses the small personal questions, as well as the big historic ones.

Alison Stewart recently released the book First Class: The Legacy of Dunbar, America's First Black Public High School. In her time researching for the publication, Stewart learned how the school produced generations of highly educated African Americans, many of whom became the first black individuals to enter into their fields—breaking the racial glass ceiling. Her speeches generate worthwhile discussion about the role of education in the African American community and how to support and reform failing urban public schools. These lessons are perfectly suited for discussions during Black History Month. And, for the broader discussion of education in America, as well.

To book a Black History Month speaker or diversity speaker, contact The Lavin Agency to select the best keynote presenter for your event. 

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