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Julianne Malveaux        

Racial & Cultural Economics Expert; President Emeritus, Bennett College for Women

Dr. Julianne Malveaux is President Emeritus of Bennett College for Women. Recognized for her progressive and insightful observations, she is also an economist, author, and commentator and has been described by Dr. Cornel West as "the most iconoclastic public intellectual in the country. Dr. Malveaux's contributions to the public dialogue on issues such as race, culture, gender, and their economic impacts are shaping public opinion in 21st-century America.

As a writer and a syndicated columnist, her writing appears regularly in USA Today, Black Issues in Higher Education, Ms. Magazine, Essence Magazine, and The Progressive. Her weekly columns appear in numerous newspapers across the country including The Los Angeles Times, The Charlotte Observer, The New Orleans Tribune, The Detroit Free Press, and The San Francisco Examiner.

Well known for appearances on national network programs, Dr. Malveaux is a charismatic and popular guest on a variety of shows and appears regularly on CNN and BET, as well as on Howard University's television show, Evening Exchange. She has appeared on PBS's To the Contrary, ABC's Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, and Fox News Channel's The O'Reilly Factor, as well as on such stations as C-SPAN, MSNBC, and CNBC. She has also hosted talk radio programs in Washington, San Francisco, and New York.

In addition to her columns and media appearances, Dr. Malveaux is an accomplished author and editor. Her academic work is included in numerous papers, studies, and publications. She is the editor of Voices of Vision: African American Women on the Issues; co-editor of Slipping Through the Cracks: The Status of Black Women; and co-editor of The Paradox of Loyalty: An African American Response to the War on Terrorism. She is the author of two anthologies: Sex, Lies, and Stereotypes: Perspectives of a Mad Economist and Wall Street, Main Street, and the Side Street: A Mad Economist Takes a Stroll. She is also co-author of Unfinished Business: A Democrat and a Republican Take on the 10 Most Important Issues Women Face and has most recently authored Surviving and Thriving: 365 Facts in Black Economic History, which features 365 historical facts and 52 archival black-and-white photos celebrating the economic successes of blacks in the United States.

A committed activist and civic leader, Dr. Malveaux serves on the boards of the Economic Policy Institute; the Recreation Wish List Committee of Washington, DC; and the Liberian Education Trust.

Dr. Malveaux received her BA and MA degrees in economics from Boston College and earned a PhD in economics from MIT. A native San Franciscan, she is the founder/thought leader of Last Word Productions, Inc., a multimedia production company headquartered in Washington, DC.

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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