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Julianne Malveaux      

Economist, Author & Political Commentator; President Emerita of Bennett College for Women

Dr. Julianne Malveaux is President Emerita of Bennett College for Women. She is an economist, author and commentator who’s popular writings have appeared in USA Today, Black Issues in Higher Education, Ms.Magazine, Essence Magazine, the Progressive and many more.

Well-known for appearances on national network programs, including CNN, BET, PBS, NBC, ABC, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, C-SPAN and others; Malveaux is booked to offer commentary on subjects ranging from economics to women's rights and public policy. She has also hosted television and radio programs.

A committed activist and civic leader, Dr. Malveaux has held positions in women’s, civil rights, and policy organizations. Currently she serves on the boards of the Economic Policy Institute, The Recreation Wish List Committee of Washington, DC, and the Liberian Education Trust. Malveaux is also President of PUSH Excel, the educational branch of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition.

She has also lectured at more than 500 colleges, universities, and corporate events. For the last 5 years Dr. Malveaux has focused and centered her efforts on public speaking appearances and her work as a broadcast and print journalist and author.

Speech Topics

Most Requested Topics

  • African American Women in Philanthropy
  • Race Matters: New Orleans and the International Implications
  • Unfinished Business: Taking on the Top 10 issues Women Face
  • The Paradox of Loyalty: An African American Response to the War On Terrorism
  • Race, Rage and the Ace of Spades
  • Economics & Race: Perspective on our Nation's Future
  • Determined Diversity: Creating a Cohesive and Effective Workforce
  • Taking the Lead: How Women Shape our Political Future
  • Celebrating Black History Month and The African American Legacy
  • Sex, Lies and Stereotypes
  • The Future of Work: Who Gets It
  • The Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • The Struggle Continues: Economic and Social Justice in the 21st Century
  • The Economy, Equity and Your Personal Financial Health
  • Closing the Gender Gap: Impossible Task?
  • Effects of the Economy on Women, Children and People of Color
  • Rhetoric or Reality: Civil Rights Under Siege
  • The State of Black America: When and How Do We Close the Gap?
  • Education or Extinction: The Future of the U.S. in a Global World
  • What's Trump: Race, Gender and the 2008 Election?
  • How Do We Fare in the New Economy?
  • Show Me Your Checkbook and I'll Tell You Your Fortune


Dr. Julianne Malveaux on environmental racism and toxic neglect
Historically, this country has turned a blind eye to the many environmental injustices that plague communities of color. Terms like climate change and environmental racism weren’t even a part of the American lexicon until recently. Back in the day, we lived in homes with lead paint and it was nothing to see old tires dumped alongside the road. Black clouds from steel mills and coal mines drifting over the heads of little Black and Brown boys and girls playing outside meant nothing to us – it was just a part of what Marvin Gaye called “Inner City Blues.” The time has come to change that narrative. We can no longer allow our children and our communities to suffer from neglect and a calculus that values some lives over others.

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