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Past Speakers

To date, the University has hosted a robust roster of speakers, to include:

  • Eric Thomas (Pastor, Author, Motivational Speaker, and Educator)
  • David Banner (Rapper, Actor, Activist, and Motivational Speaker)
  • Susan Taylor (Founder & CEO of National CARES Mentoring Movement, and Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Essence Magazine)
  • Tasha Smith (Actor and Director)
  • Terry McMillan (Best-selling Author)
  • Jeff Johnson (Journalist)
  • Dr. Jacqueline Walters (OBGYN, and Television Personality)
  • Kandi Burruss-Tucker (Singer, Songwriter, Television Personality, Actress, and Business Woman)
  • Roland Martin (Journalist)
  • Judge Greg Mathis (Civil Rights Activist, and Television Personality)
  • Derek “Fonzworth Bentley” Watkins (Actor, Musician, and Author)
  • Faune Chambers-Watkins (Actress)
  • Dr. Bernice A. King (Minister, Attorney, and Daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)
  • April Ryan (Journalist, and Author)
  • James Bland (Emmy Nominated Actor, Director, and Producer)
  • Matthew Knowles (Record Executive, Talent Manager, and Businessman)
  • Abe McGlothin, Jr. (Assistant United States Attorney)
  • Keri Hilson (Singer, Songwriter, and Actress)
  • Michael Vick (NFL Legend)
  • Bakari Sellers (Attorney, Political Analyst, and Activist)