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2018 Keynote Speakers

  • Jamaes Clark
    James E. Clark
    President, South Carolina State University

  • Brian Heat
    Brian Heat
    Academic administrator; entrepreneur, Brian Heat Worldwide

  • Tom Joyner
    Tom Joyner
    Host, “The Tom Joyner Morning Show”; founder, Reach Media Inc., the Tom Joyner Foundation and

  • Chris Howard
    Chris Howard, Ph.D.
    President, Robert Morris University; retired Air Force Reserve lieutenant colonel; author

  • Roland Martin
    Roland Martin
    Host and managing editor, TV One’s “NewsOne Now”; journalist; columnist; author

  • Wes Moore
    Wes Moore
    Founder and CEO, BridgeEdu; producer; social entrepreneur; youth/veterans advocate; author

  • Carlos Santiago
    Carlos Santiago, Ph.D.
    Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education; author; former CEO, Hispanic College Fund

  • Damon Williams
    Damon Williams, Ph.D.
    Chief catalyst, Center for Strategic Diversity Leadership and Social Innovation; senior scholar and innovation fellow, Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory, UW-Madison

  • Juan Williams
    Juan Williams
    Political analyst and commentator, columnist, author

Comedian Lavell Crawford will co-host with Tom Joyner and Sybil Wilkes on April 27. His Instagram handle is @lavellsthacomic, and his Twitter handle is @Lavellthacomic. Please use #TJMSFunnyChair.

  • Smiley

    Tavis Smiley

    Host, PBS late-night television talk show "Tavis Smiley"; host, Public Radio International’s "The Tavis Smiley Show"; founder, the Tavis Smiley Foundation; author; political commentator; entrepreneur

  • Quinones

    John Quiñones

    Host, ABC newsmagazine “What Would You Do?”; author; broadcast journalist; motivational speaker

  • Jones

    Roy Jones, Ph.D.

    Professor and executive director, Clemson University College of Education’s Call Me MISTER program

  • Howard

    Desmond Howard

    ESPN college football analyst, former NFL player, Super Bowl XXXI MVP and Heisman Trophy winner

  • Morial

    Marc H. Morial

    President and chief executive officer, National Urban League; former mayor, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Johns

    David J. Johns

    Former executive director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans; owner, DJJ consulting