BBCB Speakers

BBCB 2022: Black and Brown Men Matter: Education, Success and Justice

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. We are pleased to welcome the following speakers to the 2022 Summit:

2022 Summit Speakers

  • Emmitt Smith photo

    Emmitt Smith

    Emmitt Smith is a professional football icon,  entrepreneur, best-selling author, and sought-after speaker. As well known for his character and integrity as he is for his athletic ability, he is active in charitable outreach in the Dallas area and on a national level, providing educational opportunities and unique experiences for underserved youth. Smith is a graduate of the University of Florida and a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Full bio...

  • Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

    Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

    Dr. Ibram X. Kendi is a #1 New York Times bestselling and National Book Award-winning author, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, Florida A&M University alumnus, and the founding director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. He has authored several books including, How to Be an Antiracist, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, and Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019. Full bio...

  • Julian Castro

    Julián Castro

    Julián Castro has distinguished himself as a strong leader and successful public servant for nearly two decades. A former Democratic candidate for President, Castro served as the 16th Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Barack Obama and as mayor of San Antonio from 2009 to 2014. Today, Castro serves on the board of directors of the LBJ Foundation and is a political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. Full bio...

  • Luis Ponjuan, guest speaker at BBCB 2019

    Dr. Luis Ponjuan

    Dr. Luis Ponjuan is an Associate Professor at Texas A&M University.  He has crafted his research interests on the academic success and degree completion of men of color into a dynamic and uplifting presentation that has become a Summit sensation.  Dr. Ponjuan earned his PhD from the University of Michigan, his Masters from Florida State University, and his Bachelors degree from the University of New Orleans. As a first-generation college student born in Cuba, Dr. Ponjuan connects with his audiences in a powerful way. Full bio...