Popular Talk Show Host, Author,
Political Commentator and Philanthropist
From his celebrated conversations with world figures, to his work to inspire the next generation of leaders, as a broadcaster, author, advocate, and philanthropist, Tavis Smiley continues to be an outstanding voice for change. Smiley, who started his career as an aide to the late Los Angeles mayor Tom Bradley, hosts the late night television talk show Tavis Smiley on PBS and radio show The Tavis Smiley Show from Public Radio International (PRI).
The Tavis Smiley Foundation
The first American ever to simultaneously host signature talk shows on both public television and public radio, Smiley also created the Tavis Smiley Foundation, a nonprofit organization with a mission to enlighten, encourage and empower today’s youth.
In addition to his radio and television work, Smiley has authored fourteen books. His memoir, What I Know for Sure: My Story of Growing Up in America, became a New York Times best-seller, and the book he edited, Covenant with Black America, became the first nonfiction book by a Black-owned publisher to reach #1 on The New York Times’ best-sellers list.
His latest book is Death of a King, a revealing and dramatic chronicle of the twelve months leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination.
In 2009, TIME magazine honored Smiley as one of “The World’s 100 Most Influential People.” The annual TIME 100 list profiles men and women whose power, talent or moral example has made a significant difference in the world.
Recently, Indiana University named the atrium of its School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) building, The Tavis Smiley Atrium. Smiley is also the recipient of the Du Bois Medal from Harvard University and the 2009 Interdependence Day Prize from Demos in Istanbul, Turkey. Vanity Fair inducted him into their Hall of Fame.
America I Am: The Multimedia Experience
This presentation is a riveting 45 minute visual and oratorial keynote by Tavis Smiley that peers into the heart of American culture through the nearly 500-year-old lens of African American history. Smiley takes the audience on a virtual journey through history beginning with the "door of no return" and ending with the election of President Barack Obama.
Enlighten, Encourage, Empower
Tavis Smiley is a dynamic and engaging speaker, able to connect with audiences and show them how individuals can make a positive change in the community, especially when it comes to young people. He is passionate about the need for black Americans to find new ways to empower themselves and their communities, and he shares this conviction in keynote addresses that are compelling, forceful, and moving.
Dr. Martin Luther King and the Legacies of the Civil Rights Era
Diversity and Multiculturalism: A National Perspective
A Five-Part Plan to Succeed in College and the Workplace
Advocacy: How to Fight for What You Believe and Make a Difference
All Tavis Smiley Books
The Covenant with Black America – Ten Years LaterPurchase Book
Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final YearPurchase Book
The Rich And The Rest Of Us: A Poverty ManifestoPurchase Book
Fail Up: 20 Lessons on Building Success from FailurePurchase Book
Accountable: Making America as Good as Its PromisePurchase Book
What I Know for Sure: My Story of Growing Up in AmericaPurchase Book
The Covenant with Black AmericaPurchase Book
Never Mind Success–Go for Greatness!: The Best Advice I’ve Ever ReceivedPurchase Book
"Mr. Smiley's presence helped us expand attendance at our event 70% over last year and raise nearly as much more money, despite the economic crisis."
- | Cheryl Cobbs, Executive Director, Solid Ground