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Keynote Speakers

The Tom Joyner Morning Show

(105 markets, more than eight million listeners)

The following have already been confirmed as keynote speakers for 2018:

  • Chris Howard, Ph.D., president, Robert Morris University; retired Air Force Reserve lieutenant colonel; author
  • Roland Martin, host and managing editor, TV One’s “NewsOne Now”; journalist; columnist; author
  • Wes Moore, founder and CEO, BridgeEdu; producer; social entrepreneur; youth/veterans advocate; author
  • Carlos Santiago, Ph.D., commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education; author; former CEO, Hispanic College Fund
  • Damon Williams, Ph.D., senior vice president and chief education and youth development officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of America 
  • 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