Black History Month

Since 1976, February has been officially celebrated in the United States as Black History Month. February is recognized as a time to remember and commemorate the important figures and history of the African Diaspora in the United States and around the world.
AEI features many speakers who are important to the American civil rights movement and speak on the politics, activism, and history of African Americans in the United States.

The Reverend Al Sharpton
The Reverend Al Sharpton is a widely recognized face in the fight against racial prejudice and oppression in the United States. Known for being outspoken and stylish in his activism, Rev. Sharpton organizes and leads protests against instances of racial discrimination. Rev. Sharpton ran as a democratic candidate in the 2004 presidential election, among other public offices in previous years. The “master of the sound bite,” Rev. Sharpton has captured the attention and admiration of audiences for decades.

Read more about The Reverend Al Sharpton or book him for an event here.

Nikki Giovanni
Nikki Giovanni is a poet, writer, activist, and educator. Her first book of poetry was published in 1968, and since then she has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards including the Rosa L. Parks Woman of Courage Award, a Women of Power Legacy Award, and a 2006 Caldecott Honor for her children’s book Rosa about Civil Rights legend Rosa Parks.
Read more about Nikki Giovanni or book her for an event here.

Kevin Powell
Kevin Powell who rose to fame on the first season of MTV’s The Real World, is the author of 11 books, many about inspirational black Americans such as President Barack Obama, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and in 2016, a biography of Tupac Shakur. His widely renowned lectures focus on topics such as multiculturalism, American History, Black American History, Civil Rights, American Politics, sexism and more.  
Read more about Kevin Powell or book him for an event here.

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