Sports Social Justice Speakers

Some of the leading personalities in the fight for social justice have been athletes. Many sports stars have causes related to the Black Lives Matter movement and more that are near and dear to their hearts. Due to their high-profile, sports social justice speakers give instant credibility to the topic they are talking about. They make great keynote speakers for any type of diversity training, meeting or virtual event. 

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Aeneas Williams is a former professional football player who played cornerback and free safety during his time in the NFL. After posting a record number of interceptions in his Junior year, and only o...

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Ben Watson is a former NFL tight end and Super Bowl champion He was drafted by the New England Patriots 32nd overall in the 2004 NFL draft. He played college football at Georgia. Watson has also playe...

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Bill Russell is a retired former professional basketball player and coach. Bill is most famous for his time playing for the Boston Celtics where he became an integral part of the Celtics dynasty durin...

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Brendon Ayanbadejo is a former professional linebacker who played 13 seasons in the NFL and the Canadian Football League. Prior to his time as a professional, Ayanbadejo was a star linebacker at UCLA,...

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Bubba Wallace is a NASCAR Cup Series driver, known for being one of the most successful black drivers in the sport's history. Wallace originally started running in the Truck Series in 2013 before jump...

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Born in Texas to Nigerian parents, Chiney Ogwumike found her talent for the game of basketball at a young age, playing alongside her sister, current WNBA player Nneka. Ogwumike had an impressive high...

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Demario Davis is one of the leaders of the New Orleans Saints defense. Davis has been with the Saints since 2018 and was named a first-team All-Pro in 2019. He had spent the previous two seasons befor...

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Derrick Brooks is one of the greatest football players in the history of the game.  A native of Pensacola, Florida, it was evident during his days at Washington High School and Florida State Universit...

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Dhani Jones played 11 seasons in the NFL after being selected in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the New York Giants.  He’d go on to play for the Philadelphia Eagles and Cincinnati Bengals un...

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Doc Rivers is the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers. Prior to arriving in Philly, Rivers spent seven seasons as the Head Coach and President of Basketball Operations for the Los Angeles Clippers.&n...

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Donte Stallworth was a productive wide receiver during his ten NFL seasons.  Overall, he grabbed 321 passes for 4,837 yards and 35 touchdowns.  Stallworth shined early in his career with the...

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When Doug Williams led the Washington Redskins to a win in Super Bowl XXII in 1988 he became the first black quarterback to lead his team to a championship in NFL history.  At the time Williams w...

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Emmanuel Acho is a former college star and NFL player who has turned towards becoming a successful broadcaster and activist in retirement. Acho played 48 games over four seasons at the University of T...

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Inky Johnson is a football celebrity. Growing up, Johnson had always wanted to play professional and he was making that dream a reality, until September 9, 2006. Johnson attended the University of Ten...

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The Boston Celtics made Jaylen Brown the third overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft after he was a standout performer in his one college season at the University of California.  He averag...

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Jemele Hill is known as one of the boldest personalities in sports media. She is currently a staff writer for The Atlantic and host of the podcast, "Jemele Hill is Unbothered." For nearly 12 years, H...

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John Amaechi is known for his outspoken opinions and his trail blazing efforts for gay athletes.  Amaechi became the first former NBA player to come out when he wrote his memoir, Man in the Middl...

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John Carlos became a part of Olympic history in the summer of 1968. After winning the bronze medal in the 200-meters, he and teammate Tommie Smith took the podium with hands raised in a Black Power sa...

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LZ Granderson is an American journalist for ESPN and CNN.  His candor about being gay has given him a unique platform in the sports media world.  Granderson is best known for his writing online and in...

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Larry Fitzgerald is a Minneapolis, Minnesota native and grew up with the dream of playing at football’s most elite level. When he stepped on the University of Pittsburgh campus in 2001 he took a giant...

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Lewis Hamilton was born and raised in Stevenage, England and got his start in racing at a young age. At the age of seven he finished second at the national BRCA championship and then started on the go...

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When Earvin Johnson earned the nickname "Magic" in high school one could say that it foreshadowed what was to come in his career. After a magical career at Michigan State University in which he led th...

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Malcolm Brogdon is a top NBA star for the Indiana Pacers. After being a second round pick of the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2016 NBA Draft, many did not expect Brogdon to blossom into the player he has be...

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Malcolm Jenkins is a safety for the Philadelphia Eagles who has also played for the New Orleans Saints.  In his second season, Jenkins was a second team All-Pro with the Saints in 2010.  He...

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Masai Ujiri is the general manager for the Toronto Raptors of the NBA. Prior to his basketball passion, Ujiri grew up playing soccer until he was 13 years old. Ujiri’s interest in basketball began whe...

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Richard Sherman is a cornerback for the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL. Sherman attended Stanford University to play football on an athletic scholarship. In his freshman campaign he led the team in re...

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Royce White was a 5 star athlete from Minnesota and was ranked in the top 10 of power forwards by all major scouting sites. Minnesota’s Mr. Basketball in 2009 was a two-time State Champion and w...

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Serena Williams first captured the world No. 1 tennis ranking in 2002 and has since gone on to win 23 Grand Slam championships, including seven Australian Opens, three French Opens, five Wimbledon cha...

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Stephen Jackson had a standout 14-year career in the NBA, playing an important role for several successful teams. Jackson had an amazing road to the NBA, never playing in college but still being selec...

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Titus O'Neil is a WWE Superstar.  O'Neil got his wrestling start in Florida Championship Wrestling and NXT.  He was apart of season two of the reality series "WWE NXT" and also appeared on "NXT Redemp...

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Tony Dungy has a very long history with the sport of football as he was both a player and a coach for a number of years. He first started playing as a quarterback for the University of Minnesota and w...