BBCB Speakers

Every year, the BBCB Summit attracts some of the most influential national speakers and scholars to address the barriers that affect persistence and completion among minority males.  Please view our BBCB Brochure for more information on past speakers. We are pleased to welcome the following speakers to the 2019 Summit:  

2019 Summit Speakers

  • James Brown, 2019 BBCB speaker

    2019 Keynote Speaker - James Brown

    Three-time Emmy Award-winner, Mr. Brown serves as host for the CBS Television Network’s NFL pre-game show, The NFL Today and also hosts The James Brown Show, America’s premier, nationally-syndicated sports and entertainment half-hour series. He has partnered with the Verizon Foundation to lead a national dialogue to address their work in domestic violence prevention.

  • John Quinones, guest speaker at BBCB 2019

    Mr. John Quinones

    Combining a moving life story, an exceptional career, incomparable insights, and a powerful presence, John Quiñones has emerged as one of the most inspiring keynotes in the speaking world today. A lifetime of “never taking no for an answer” took Quiñones from migrant farm work and poverty to more than 30 years at ABC News and the anchor desk at 20/20 and Primetime.  

  • Michael Eric Dyson, guest speaker at BBCB 2019

    Dr. Michael Eric Dyson

    Dr. Dyson is a Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University, a New York Times contributing opinion writer, and a contributing editor of The New Republic, and of ESPN's The Undefeated website. His rise from humble roots in Detroit to his present perch as a world-class intellectual, noted author of 19 books, prominent leader and national media fixture testify to his extraordinary talent.

  • Mark Anthony Neal, guest speaker at BBCB 2019

    Dr. Mark Anthony Neal

    Dr. Neal is a Professor of Black Popular Culture in the Department of African and African-American Studies at Duke University, where he won the 2010 Robert B. Cox Award for Teaching.  Neal has written and lectured extensively on black popular culture, black masculinity, sexism and homophobia in Black communities, and the history of popular music. 

  • Luis Ponjuan, guest speaker at BBCB 2019

    Dr. Luis Ponjuan

    Dr. Ponjuan's research focuses on academic success and college degree completion of male students of color, first-generation students’ access into higher education, and the recruitment and retention of faculty members of color.  His inspiring speaker style has resulted in him becoming one of the BBCB Summit's most often requested speakers and we are thrilled to have him return this year! 

  • Michael Benitez, guest speaker at BBCB 2019

    Dr. Michael Benitez

    Dr. Benitez is a highly sought out speaker and workshop leader at colleges and conferences nationwide. He is known for his down-to-earth, insightful commentary and critical perspectives on social and cultural issues. Part of his success lies in his ability to speak heart-to-heart while bridging theory and scholarly inquiry with everyday life and peoples’ lived realities.