American Program Bureau would like to recognize the speakers who tirelessly work towards creating a better world. December is Universal Human Rights Month, and the following speakers come from various walks of life to improve human conditions on a global scale.
Hugh Evans is the co-founder of the Global Poverty Project and has made a huge impact in the lives of people worldwide with his empowering and rewarding brand of social activism. A riveting speaker, Evans speaks with a passion that demands attention from international audiences. Through eye-opening, firsthand accounts of extreme poverty, and his own efforts, Evans inspires audiences with what one person can do to make a different in the lives of many.
Jeffrey Tambor won the 2015 Golden Globe for Best Actor in a comedy series for his portrayal of the transgender patriarch turned matriarch in Amazon’s critically-acclaimed Transparent. An advocate for universal human rights, he encourages people from all walks to life to find success by “performing their lives.” His boldly crafted and empowering messages captivate audiences, leaving them with sparks of inspiration from Tambor’s lessons learned along the way.
Dr. Mary Frances Berry is one of the most recognized and respected voices in our nation’s civil rights, gender equality, and social justice movements. A trailblazer for women and African Americans alike, she is one of the founders of the Free South Africa Movement. Berry was instrumental in raising global awareness and abhorrence towards South African injustice and continues to speak boldly for those who can’t speak for themselves. Her presentations educate, transform, and inspire us all.
Kathy Najimy is an award-winning actress how is a vocal supporter of women, girls, and LGBT rights. Speaking out again sexism, racism, and homophobia, Najimy has led the way for AIDS activism for 20 years and received the PETA Humanitarian of the Year Award. In her keynotes, Najimy shares her belief in social justice and advocacy, encouraging audiences to work toward making the world a better place.
John Prendergast is an international affairs expert and human rights activist who has worked for peace in Africa for nearly 30 years. Co-founder of the Enough Project, Prendergast has helped create a number of initiatives and campaigns. Speaking about topics ranging from media’s representation of Africa, to natural resources in Sudan and South Sudan, he shares insight into local problems that have global repercussions.
Nontombi Naomi Tutu is a race and gender justice activist who grew up black and female in apartheid South Africa. Her experiences growing up as the third child of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nomalizo Leah Tutu taught her that our whole human family loses when we accept situations of oppression. In her speeches, Tutu blends passion for human dignity with humor and personal stories.
Dr. Tererai Trent is one of today’s most internationally recognized voices for quality education and women’s empowerment. Trent grew up with a cattle-herding family in rural Zimbabwe, dreaming of getting an education and teaching herself. Now the world-renowned scholar, humanitarian, motivational speaker, educator and mentor is leading the global change for quality education.
The “I Am the Change World Tour,” is a transformative presentation that exemplifies how the power of one can transform the world. This once-in-a-lifetime event is presented by human rights luminaries and legends Ndaba Mandela, Nelson Mandela’s grandson; Donisha Rite Claire Prendergast, Bob and Rita Marley’s granddaughter; and Jasmine Rand, family attorney for Trayvon Martin. Inspiring audiences to pursue meaningful change in their own lives and others’ lives, “I Am the Change,” shouldn’t be missed.
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