Tavis Smiley

Tavis Smiley

Popular Talk Show Host, Author, Political Commentator and Philanthropist

Speaker Categories: U.S. Correspondents, Hosts, and Media | Diversity & Inclusion | Resilience and Overcoming Obstacles | Inspiring Lives | Diversity & Inclusion | Political Liberals | Family & Children’s Issues | Human Rights | Media

Travels From: CA, United States.

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Popular Talk Show Host, Author,
Political Commentator and Philanthropist

From his celebrated conversations with world figures, to his work to inspire the next generation of leaders, as a broadcaster, author, advocate, and philanthropist, Tavis Smiley continues to be an outstanding voice for change. Smiley, who started his career as an aide to the late Los Angeles mayor Tom Bradley, hosts the late night television talk show Tavis Smiley on PBS and radio show The Tavis Smiley Show from Public Radio International (PRI).

The Tavis Smiley Foundation

The first American ever to simultaneously host signature talk shows on both public television and public radio, Smiley also created the Tavis Smiley Foundation, a nonprofit organization with a mission to enlighten, encourage and empower today's youth.

Books

In addition to his radio and television work, Smiley has authored fourteen books. His memoir, What I Know for Sure: My Story of Growing Up in America, became a New York Times best-seller, and the book he edited, Covenant with Black America, became the first nonfiction book by a Black-owned publisher to reach #1 on The New York Times’ best-sellers list.

His latest book is Death of a King, a revealing and dramatic chronicle of the twelve months leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination.

Accolades

In 2009, TIME magazine honored Smiley as one of “The World’s 100 Most Influential People.” The annual TIME 100 list profiles men and women whose power, talent or moral example has made a significant difference in the world.

Awards

Recently, Indiana University named the atrium of its School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) building, The Tavis Smiley Atrium. Smiley is also the recipient of the Du Bois Medal from Harvard University and the 2009 Interdependence Day Prize from Demos in Istanbul, Turkey. Vanity Fair inducted him into their Hall of Fame.

America I Am: The Multimedia Experience

This presentation is a riveting 45 minute visual and oratorial keynote by Tavis Smiley that peers into the heart of American culture through the nearly 500-year-old lens of African American history. Smiley takes the audience on a virtual journey through history beginning with the "door of no return" and ending with the election of President Barack Obama.

Enlighten, Encourage, Empower

Tavis Smiley is a dynamic and engaging speaker, able to connect with audiences and show them how individuals can make a positive change in the community, especially when it comes to young people. He is passionate about the need for black Americans to find new ways to empower themselves and their communities, and he shares this conviction in keynote addresses that are compelling, forceful, and moving.

Dr. Martin Luther King and the Legacies of the Civil Rights Era

Diversity and Multiculturalism: A National Perspective

A Five-Part Plan to Succeed in College and the Workplace

Advocacy: How to Fight for What You Believe and Make a Difference

  • The Covenant with Black America - Ten Years Later
    The Covenant with Black America - Ten Years Later Purchase Book
  • Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year
    Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year Purchase Book
  • The Rich And The Rest Of Us: A Poverty Manifesto
    The Rich And The Rest Of Us: A Poverty Manifesto Purchase Book
  • Fail Up: 20 Lessons on Building Success from Failure
    Fail Up: 20 Lessons on Building Success from Failure Purchase Book
  • Accountable: Making America as Good as Its Promise
    Accountable: Making America as Good as Its Promise Purchase Book
  • What I Know for Sure: My Story of Growing Up in America
    What I Know for Sure: My Story of Growing Up in America Purchase Book
  • The Covenant with Black America
    The Covenant with Black America Purchase Book
  • Never Mind Success--Go for Greatness!: The Best Advice I've Ever Received
    Never Mind Success--Go for Greatness!: The Best Advice I've Ever Received Purchase Book

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  • The Covenant with Black America - Ten Years Later
    The Covenant with Black America - Ten Years Later Purchase Book
  • Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year
    Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year Purchase Book

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  • "Mr. Smiley's presence helped us expand attendance at our event 70% over last year and raise nearly as much more money, despite the economic crisis."


    Cheryl Cobbs, Executive Director, Solid Ground
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