The HistoryMakers Speakers Bureau is a service that places our various HistoryMakers in front of groups and organizations to talk about their lives and careers. The bureau functions as a referral service.

Speakers Bureau

Mission and Goals:
The mission of The HistoryMakers Speakers Bureau is to promote The HistoryMakers and its work by putting our HistoryMakers and their life stories in front of as many audiences as possible to show the richness of their lives and their experiences. The goal is to show that African American life and culture is much more diverse than is commonly portrayed. Furthermore, these HistoryMakers are true examples of leadership. Their stories are those of perseverance, success and achievement often in face of great odds. At The HistoryMakers, we believe that these are America's Missing Stories™.
The Bureau was officially launched on June 3, 2003 at a reception hosted by Harris Bank. The Bureau has filled numerous requests for speakers since then, including regular engagements with the University of Illinois-Chicago Extension. A few of the HistoryMakers that have spoken include singer and songwriter Oscar Brown, Jr., former U.S. Senator and ambassador Carol Moseley Braun, historian Timuel Black and civic activist Junious “Red” Gaten.  The HistoryMakers Speakers Bureau is a natural extension of The HistoryMakers mission to disseminate information about the archives and the HistoryMakers themselves as widely as possible.
How does it work?
Interested parties should complete a Speakers Bureau Application Form. This form will assist us in matching the request with our pool of HistoryMakers. If we cannot fulfill the request, we will let the requesting party know that. Please keep in mind that not all of our HistoryMakers have agreed to take part in the Speakers Bureau.                         

1. First, search our Speakers Bureau to find available speakers. Keep in mind, some of our speakers are in high demand or can be difficult to contact.

2. Then fill out the form. There is no guarantee that a speaking engagement will be planned after this form is completed.