Black History Month Speakers

During October, businesses and organisations across the globe come together to honour Black history, Black experiences, and Black achievements. Black History Month speakers are essential educators during this period, and every other month of the year, as they teach companies how to embrace diversity and inclusion.

Black History Month is the annual celebration of Black stories, recognising the sacrifices made in the fight for racial equality. These inspiring speakers make a transformative impact at such events, as their candid speeches resonate with all in attendance to inspire change.

Browse the insightful and empowering speakers on offer below, then contact a booking agent to enquire about hiring a Black History Month speaker for your event.

Dr Tru Powell

Co-Founder & CEO of the Black Business Magazine, CEO of the MBCC Awards & Recipient of the Natwest Great British Entrepreneur Award

Bernadette Thompson

Associate Director of Inclusion for the Barts Health NHS Trust, Former Senior SCS HR Business Partner for the Ministry of Justice & Different Woman Ambassador

Patrick Vernon

Independent Adviser for Equality Diversity & Inclusion for the Crown Prosecution Service & Director of Every Generation Media

Zaheer Ahmad

Global Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Haleon & Former Global Head of Diversity Equity & Inclusion at GSK

Chelsea Miller

Co-founder of Freedom of March NYC & Women Everywhere Believe Inc.

Ashlee Braxton

Founder of The Happy Choice Podcast and International Empowerment Speaker

Raj Adgopul

TEDx Speaker & Life Coach Who Draws on His Challenging Upbringing in a Poverty-Stricken Village in Central India

Shaun Flores

TEDx Speaker on Societal & Mental Health Issues, Model for Vogue Italia & Host of the Flower Hour Podcast

Yasmin Benoit

Leading Black British Model, and award-winning Asexuality and Aromantic activist

Karamo Brown

TV Host, Reality TV Star & Culture Expert On Netflix's 'Queer Eye'

Phyll Opoku-Gyimah

Co-Founder & Executive Director of UK Black Pride, Executive Director of the Kaleidoscope Trust & LGBT+ Activist

Baroness Floella Benjamin

First Trinidadian Woman To Be Made a Life Peer, BAFTA Wining Actor & D&I Campaigner

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.

Prepare for Black History Month (BHM) 2024 with our ultimate FAQs.

When is Black History Month 2024?

Black History Month is the annual celebration of racial equality, taking place from the 1st to the 31st of October 2024 in the UK. In America, where the event was created, it is recognised every February, coinciding with Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass’ birthdays.

Source: https://www.britannica.com/story/why-is-black-history-month-celebrated-in-february

What is the theme for Black History Month?

In October 2023, the theme of Black History Month was ‘Black Resistance‘. This theme explored how African Americans have resisted historic and ongoing oppression in all forms.

What is Black History Month and why is it important?

Black History Month was established in America, following the creation of Negro History Week in 1926. In the UK, BHM was first celebrated in 1987, to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Caribbean emancipation. Today, the annual event is recognised by businesses, governments and organisations across the world, to tackle institutionalised racism.

Black History Month raises valuable awareness of discrimination, microaggressions and the benefits of diversity, especially in the workplace. Considering the shocking statistics that define British business – for example, Black women in the UK have the lowest probability of being top earners – it is vital to honour Black History Month and become a changemaker.

Source: https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/businessreview/2021/03/03/black-women-are-missing-in-the-uks-top-1/

How is Black History Month celebrated?

In the workplace, Black History Month is celebrated through meaningful action. Aside from charity fundraisers and office events, it is important to recognise BHM as a celebration of inclusion and an opportunity to educate, through corporate events.

As a business leader, it is important to reflect on your company’s potential prejudice and diversity data during the month. A top Black History Month speaker is essential for improving your business’ inclusivity and diversity, to celebrate this important event.

How do I book a Black History Month Speaker?

The easiest way to hire a speaker for Black History Month is with an agency like the BAME Speakers Agency. See our Ultimate Guide to Booking a Speaker for our full, step-by-step process.

The BAME Speakers Agency specialises in hiring speakers for Black History Month, as these orators are the perfect spokespeople for equality and inclusion. They are booked to teach business leaders how to build a diverse workforce, an essential topic for 21st-century events.