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Amplifying Black Leaders on Juneteenth

Juneteenth, observed on June 19, commemorates a significant milestone in American history: the emancipation of the last remaining enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas, in 1865, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed.  

This day has since evolved into a celebration of African American culture, resilience, and achievements, highlighting the long journey toward freedom and equality. It serves as a reminder of the ongoing struggle for civil rights and the importance of recognizing and honoring the contributions of Black individuals to society.

Juneteenth 2024: Amplifying Black Leaders

We are proud to acknowledge Juneteenth by amplifying the voices of Black leaders who have inspired and led significant change.

Discover important insights and hear incredible stories from esteemed guests who have appeared on our Motivational Mondays podcast and the NSLS Speaker Broadcast series. These leaders share their experiences, challenges, and triumphs, offering valuable lessons on leadership, perseverance, and advocacy.

Dr. Bernice King

Dr. Bernice King, the youngest child of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, continues her parents' legacy through her work as the CEO of The King Center. She inspires the Black community by advocating for nonviolent social change and equality.

Dr. King's identity as a descendant of civil rights icons shapes her commitment to justice and human rights, reinforcing the power of leadership rooted in compassion and moral integrity.

Michael Harriot

Michael Harriot, a renowned journalist and cultural critic, uses his platform to address systemic racism and celebrate Black culture.

His insightful commentary and sharp wit empower the Black community by shedding light on historical and contemporary issues. Harriot's identity as a Black man informs his work, allowing him to authentically connect with and champion the voices of marginalized individuals.

Reelaviolette Botts-Ward, pHD

Reelaviolette Botts-Ward, PhD is a scholar, artist, and activist who combines her academic background with creative expression to explore themes of Black identity and healing. Her work inspires the Black community by promoting self-love, resilience, and the importance of mental health. 

Botts-Ward's identity as a Black woman deeply influences her approach to addressing the unique challenges faced by Black individuals, particularly in areas of emotional and psychological well-being.

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, continues to inspire the Black community through his advocacy for social justice, education, and civic engagement. 

His historic presidency broke barriers and instilled a sense of possibility and pride within the Black community. Obama's identity as the first Black president plays a crucial role in his enduring legacy and his efforts to create a more inclusive and equitable society.

Zee Clarke

Zee Clarke, an expert in mindfulness and breathwork, uses her skills to address the stress and trauma experienced by Black individuals due to racial discrimination.

Clarke's work empowers the Black community by providing tools for healing and resilience. Her identity as a Black woman informs her understanding of the specific mental health needs of her community, making her an influential advocate for holistic well-being.

Dr. Adolph "Doc" Brown

Dr. Adolph "Doc" Brown is an educator, author, and motivational speaker known for his dynamic presentations on diversity, equity, and inclusion. He inspires the Black community by promoting the value of education and the importance of embracing one's cultural heritage.

Brown's identity as a Black man who overcame significant personal and professional obstacles shapes his message of perseverance and the transformative power of education and self-belief.

Empowering future generations

As we celebrate Juneteenth, The National Society of Leadership and Success is honored to amplify the voices of these remarkable Black leaders. Their stories of struggle, triumph, and unwavering commitment to justice serve as powerful reminders of the progress we have made and the work that remains. 

By sharing their insights, we hope to inspire and empower future generations to continue the fight for equality and to recognize the profound impact of Black leadership in shaping a better world for all.