Archive-Past Speakers

2014 Speakers

Chuck D

Chuck D

Chuck D

Chuck D (Carlton Douglas Ridenhour) and Public Enemy redefined the world of hip hop and rap with the release of their first album, "Yo! Bum Rush The Show," in 1987.

Since that time, Public Enemy has released 13 albums, with songs that articulated the issues African Americans and others faced. Long considered among the most influential music groups, Public Enemy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.

Now the host of Air America's On the Real/Off the Record, Chuck D conducts interviews with national political and music figures.

He is a national spokesperson for Rock the Vote, and active in the National Urban League, Americans for the Arts Council and National Alliance for African-American Athletes.

Chuck D has been featured and/or interviewed in more than 50 documentaries on music, technology, politics, and race; he has appeared in numerous public service announcements for national peace and the Partnership for a Drug Free America. In 2006, he hosted ESPN's "Ali Raps" about the poetry and politics of Muhammad Ali.

Follow him on Twitter @MrChuckD.

Jeff Johnson

Jeff Johnson

Jeff Johnson

Jeff Johnson is an award-winning journalist, social activist, political commentator and author.

Currently, Johnson is a regular contributor to MSNBC and the executive editor of Politic365.com. He is also the weekly commentator on the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show, tackling issues on politics, entertainment and social policy. He chairs the Jeff Johnson Institute for Urban Development, an institution committed to recruiting and developing 80,000 African American male teachers.

He has worked for Black Entertainment Television, served as an advisor for the NCAAP's youth and college division, and worked as vice president of Russell Simmons Hip Hop Summit Action Network. He serves on the boards of the National Urban Fellows and the HBCU Hall of Fame Foundation. Click here to learn more.


2013 Speakers

Judge Glenda A. Hatchett

Judge Glenda A. Hatchett is known in the legal community for her groundbreaking courtroom style. She is also respected for her work with children and considered a leader in the justice system.

Hatchett serves as national spokesperson for Court Appointed Special Advocates, a non-profit volunteer organization that trains volunteers to represent abused and neglected children and help them navigate the court system.

She urges viewers of her syndicated TV show, "Judge Hatchett," to become mentors to at-risk youth in their communities. Hatchett is also the author of Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say, based on her experiences in the courtroom and as a mother of two boys.

Hatchett graduated from Emory University School of Law, served a clerkship in the U.S. Federal Courts, then spent a decade working for Delta Air Lines in a dual role in the legal and public relations departments. She then served as chief presiding judge of the Fulton County, Georgia Juvenile Court.

Glenda Hachett

Glenda Hachett

Hatchett serves on the board of directors for the Atlanta Falcons and the Hospital Corporation of America, a Fortune 500 company that is the nation's leading provider of health care services. She was named Woman of the Year by the national organization 100 Black Men of America, and one of the 10 Women of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of America.

 

Majora Carter

Majora Carter is the host of the Peabody Award-winning radio series "The Promised Land," which airs on National Public Radio.

Carter travels the U.S. to introduce her radio audience to passionate people who are changing their communities with innovative projects.

She founded Sustainable South Bronx in 2001 when few were talking about sustainability, and even less people were talking about it in places like the South Bronx.

By 2003, Carter coined the term "Green The Ghetto," as she pioneered one of the nations first urban green-collar job training and placement systems, and spearheaded legislation that fueled demand for those jobs.

Carter's 2006 TEDtalk was one of six presentations to launch that groundbreaking website.

Since 2008, her consulting company, MCG has developed strategies for climate adaptation, urban revitalization, and leadership development for businesses, foundations, and economically under-performing communities.

She has a long list of awards and honorary degrees, including a MacArthur genius Fellowship. More information is online at www.majoracartergroup.com.

 

Majora Carter

Majora Carter