Tavis Smiley - broadcaster, author, publisher, advocate, and philanthropist - has emerged as an outstanding voice for change through his celebrated conversations with world figures and his work to inspire the next generation of leaders. Host of Tavis Smiley on PBS, Tavis is also a best selling author. His latest NY Times bestseller, The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto, challenges all Americans to re-examine their assumptions about poverty in America - what it really is and how to eradicate it.
PROGRAM TOPIC: African Americans in the 21st Century
Bernice A. King is nationally and internationally known as one of the most powerful, motivating and life-changing orators on the circuit today. Born the youngest daughter of the late Coretta Scott King and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Bernice leaves her audiences speechless and challenges people to RAISE THE STANDARD. Bernice founded Be A King, whose mission is to re-brand and re-image generations of people to elevate the way they Think, Act, Live, and Lead.
PROGRAM TOPIC: Hard Questions, Heart Answer
Dr. Marc Lamont Hill is one of the leading intellectual voices in the country. He is the host of HuffPost Live and BET News, as well as a political contributor for CNN. An award-winning journalist, he is the former host of the nationally syndicated television show Our World with Black Enterprise and political contributor to Fox News Channel.
PROGRAM TOPIC: Building Community in an Hour of Chaos - Progress in the Age of Obama
Dr. Julianne Malveaux has long been recognized for her progressive and insightful observations. She is a labor economist, noted author and colorful commentator. Described by Cornel West as one of "the most iconoclastic public intellectuals in the country," her contributions to the public dialogue on issues such as race, culture and gender are shaping public opinion in 21st Century America.
PROGRAM TOPIC: Economics & Race - Perspective on our Nation's Future