10 Keynote Speakers for Black History Month

6 September 2021

Black History Month is an annual celebration that draws attention to the essential need for representation, identity and diversity in positions of power, the workplace and beyond.

Keynote Speakers  draw on their powerful stories and insights to spark discussions, share practical advice and leave a lasting impression at Black History Month events.

One of the best ways to celebrate Black History Month is by inviting experts to come speak to your employees.

Discover 10 keynote speakers for black history month who can help business leaders transform the workplace on the path to creating the diverse and inclusive workplaces of tomorrow.

David Olusoga

As a British-Nigerian historian, broadcaster, filmmaker, and author of Black & British: A Forgotten History, David Olusoga delivers key insights into history that can help inform the context of some of today’s most pressing issues. With a wealth of information and experience, David is a charismatic speaker that will help open audiences’ eyes and transform the way they look at the world.

Oona King

Having worked as Google Director, Head of Diversity at Channel 4, and a British Labour Party politician Oona King is now a broadcaster, writer, and the Diversity Director at YouTube. Her vast  experience spans across UK law, Silicon Valley, and beyond and she is an avid champion for inclusive leaders who, like her, are in the fight to create meaningful change in the world.


Social entrepreneur, writer, BAFTA and MOBO award-winning hip-hop artist, Akala has gained a reputation as one of the most dynamic talents in the UK. His captivating discussions have been featured across numerous TV programmes and he has fronted documentaries across Channel 4, ITV2, MTV, Sky Arts and the BBC promoting his music, poetry as well as speaking on wide ranging subjects from music, youth engagement, British / African-Caribbean culture and the arts as a whole. Akala is an incredibly engaging who uses his words, business acumen, and his passion for performance to deliver an unforgettable event.

Nicola Adams

As the first ever female Olympic boxing champion and Brit to successfully defend an Olympic boxing title, Nicola Adams is Great Britain’s most successful female boxer of all time. Since retiring Nicola has starred in Celebrity Gogglebox and is taking part in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing as the first contestant to be in a same-sex pair. Her candid story of overcoming personal and professional struggles will leave a resonating impact on audiences

John Amaechi

Organisational psychologist, Chartered Scientist, New York Times best-selling author, CEO of leadership consultancy APS, and the first Brit to play in the NBA John Amaechi OBE is a master at breaking down complex issues into actionable tools for change. Book John to help your organisation deliver truly inclusive workplaces.

Karen Blackett

WPP U.K. Country Manager and CEO Karen Blackett OBE is an avid champion of diversity and has been consistently delivering business growth and success during her 20+year career in media. Karen is an experienced keynote speaker who energises teams and promotes diversity throughout the advertising and media industry to create vibrant company cultures.

David Lammy

Member of Parliament for Tottenham, Shadow Justice Secretary and Harvard alum, David Lammy is a well-known advocate of social activism, diversity and multi-culturalism. David’s powerful story about his experiences will help your audiences understand how positive leadership can transform the future of business.

Abadesi Osunsade

Founder and CEO of Hustle Crew, author and Co-Host of the Techish Podcast Abadesi Osunsade is a creative technologist who helps to transform leading tech companies. Her ability to identify root causes of how organisations can recruit and retain diverse talent is a crucial insight into unlocking meaningful change in the workplace.

Ugo Monye

Former English International rugby union player, Sport pundit, broadcaster and Strictly Come Dancing contestant Ugo Monye is a safe pair of hands for any event. Sparked by an infectious confidence, Ugo will help navigate and ignite discussions as a host or facilitator who your audience won’t soon forget.

Naomi Sesay

Diversity and Inclusion expert Naomi Sesay is a powerful advocate for diversity, inclusion, and social enterprise. With her roles as an On-Screen Diversity Executive and Interim Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Channel 4 and Head of Innovation and Diversity for Media Trust she holds an important message and insights on how businesses can work better for their employees.

If you've enjoyed our selection of 10 Keynote Speakers for Black History Month, we have a team of experts who have been helping businesses organise virtual and hybrid events since lockdown began, why not call us on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email info@speakerscorner.co.uk  to discover what speakers could best inspire and enlighten your team?

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