Diversity Lecture Series

Past Diversity Lecture Series Speakers

1987

Margaret Avery

1988

Maya Angelou

1989

Dr. Lionel C. Barrow
Dr. Janice Hale Benson
Maya Angelou
Carole Simpson

1990

Dr. Jacqueline Fleming
Dr. Joseph Lowery
Martina Arroyo,

1991

Dr. Asa Hilliard
Dr. Ted Williams
Gwendolyn Brooks
Derek Walcott
The Meeting

1992

Dr. Vivian Gordan
Dr. James Farmer

1993

Lucille Clifton
Spike Lee
William Warfield

1994

Dr. M. Joycelyn Elders
Nikki Giovanni

1995

Dr. Maki Mandela
Dr. Benjamin Chavis
Kimberly Aiken

1996

Dr. Phakamile Gongo
Amiri Baraka
Robert Townsend

1997

Myrlie Evers-Williams
Dr. Bertice Beny, Sociologist

1998

Morris Dees

1999

Jennifer Harbury

2000

Julian Bond
Sinbad

2001

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson

2002

Dr. Manning Matable
Coretta Scott King
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
bell hooks

2003

Dr. Cornel West
Dr. Lee Jones
Mari Evans
Salmon Rushdie
Charles Johnson
Tavis Smiley
Edward James Olmos
Russell Sunmons
Russell Simmons presents Def Poetry Jam

2004

Linda Brown Thompson and Cheryl Brown Henderson
Shoshana Johnson
Amy Tan
It's Showtime at The Apollo on Tour
Harry Belafonte

2005

Kweisi Mfume
President William Jefferson Clinton
Danny Glover, Award-winning Actor
Arturo Sandoval
Soledad O'Brien

2006

Dr. Mae C. Jemison
Dr. Cornel West and Dr. Michael Eric Dyson
The Honorable J.C. Watts
President George H.W. Bush
Susan L. Taylor, Author

2007

Dr. John Hope Franklin and Dr. Henry Louis Gates
Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez
Maxine Hong Kingston

2008

The Three Doctors (Dr. Samson Davis, Dr. Rameck Hunt, Dr. George Jenkins)
Dr. Michael Eric Dyson and Rev. Marcia Dyson
Wilma Mankiller
General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.)
Mayor Cory Booker
Former Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele
Mayor Gregory Ballard
Mariane Pearl

2009

Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, M.D.
Marian Wright Edelman
Ishmael Beah
Carlos Fuentes

2010

Dr. Madeleine Albright
Sandy 'Pepa' Denton
Jeff Johnson
Yung Joc
John Legend

2011

Andrew Young

2012

Leymah Gbowee
Kirk Franklin
America Ferrera
Dan Rather
Lt. Dan Choi
The Rev. Allan Boesak

2013

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Maya Angelou