“Stamped From The Beginning.” | Nashville, Tennessee | September 15, 2017.
A conversation with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, one of the nation’s most prolific and accomplished young professors of race, as he builds on his firm belief that in order to understand racism in America today, we must confront the history of anti-Black ideas. Dr. Ibram X. Kendi is a National Book Award-winning historian and author of “Stamped from the Beginning.” Conversations@NPL aims to stimulate serious public dialogue surrounding current issues that shape all facets of culture, history and education.
Southern University Freshmen Convocation. Keynote.
“Hold on to Hope, Despite the Hell in the Hallway.” | Baton Rouge, Louisiana | August 20, 2017.
“This school, founded in 1880, with just twelve students and five teachers, was opened against the backdrop of post-reconstruction. With more courage than we could imagine, former slaves walked away from canes fields and from cotton fields; they walked in the blazing heat of sun, and they walked through downpours of blinding rain to do which far too many of us, far too often take for granted — things like the ability to vote, and the opportunity to go to school. If they had described their social, political, and economic realities as a kind of hell — they would’ve been right. And still I know they knew how to hold on to hope. I know because we are here, in this place, more than a century later, celebrating the beginning of your college careers. And today, despite how far we have come, you live in a world and in an age where hate has traded in its old white sheets and pillow cases for new tiki torches from the local home improvement store. It is in many ways the same hell that your foremothers and forefathers endured. In order to triumph over it, you will have to learn to hold on to a hope, a hope that begins by believing in yourself despite the inevitable hell in the hallway.”
HBCU Executive Media Training Institute. Presenter.
“What’s Canada Got That We Don’t.” | Washington, D.C.| July 14, 2017.
Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. Keynote.
“What Juneteenth Means on a President’s Plantation.” | Hermitage, Tennessee | June 18, 2017.
Bishop Michael Eldon School. Commencement Speaker.
“Success Is Not Just For Perfect People.” | Freeport, Bahamas | June 14, 2017.
“Here’s what I know for sure. Success is not an absolution from struggle. In fact, success is just the opposite; it is a kind of last laugh in the face of the challenges that are a natural part of life. Challenges will come, and when they do, you must be as willing to fight for your happiness as much as you will fight for your peace. Because this is the truth — for as many of life’s hardships that we hope to have you avoid, there are many others which are unavoidable — unavoidable, no matter what you do, or how good you do it. If you live long enough, you will make mistakes; you will attempt to do something that on balance looks like failure. And trust me when I say, no one can see failure in others more than people who in fact, have done little, tried virtually nothing, and risked even less. But here’s another I know for sure: those who risk nothing, gain nothing.”
University of The Bahamas, Northern Campus. Commencement Speaker.
“Bahamians, We Are Magic” | Freeport, Bahamas | June 1, 2017.
“If it seems as if I’m taking issue with poverty — I am. Because I believe that until we eradicate unacceptable sub-standards of living, we demean the dignity of our people, we shirk our collective responsibility, and we deny each other as well as ourselves, the kind of world we deserve — a world in which each, and every one of us has the opportunity to fulfill our God-given potential and the opportunity to live out our God-given destiny.”
HBCU Educators, Advocates & Entrepreneurs | Austin, Texas | March 6, 2017.
The panel discussion featured young alumni from HBCUs who have become outstanding advocates, innovators, entrepreneurs and educators. Given the participants’ range of experiences, the panel showcased how HBCUs cultivate the talents of African American millennials. It included perspectives regarding how students, alumni, and administration from these institutions can continue to maximize the potential of students for graduate education, entrepreneurship and advocacy through human capital given these institutions’ relatively limited monetary capital.
Engaging the New American Majority and Making the Ballot More Accessible to Voters: A Conversation with Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams. Moderator.
Hosted by the Women’s Political Collaborative of Tennessee. Nashville, Tennessee | November 18, 2017.
Fort Negley: A Symbol of the Struggle for Civil Rights in Nashville. Panelist.
Bobby Lovett, Reavis Mitchell + Daniel Sharfstein. Nashville, Tennessee | October 18, 2016.
The Tennessee Historical Society, the Fort Negley Visitors Center and Park, and the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities at Vanderbilt University sponsored a half-day program entitled “Fort Negley: A Symbol of the Struggle for Civil Rights in Nashville” The program educated residents of Middle Tennessee about the history of the fort and the role the site played in the history of the Nashville Civil Rights Movement.
HBCUstory Symposium IX. Convener.
Dallas, Texas | October 31 + November 1, 2016.
Sought and secured partnership with Paul Quinn College; secured keynote speaker Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie; secured sponsorships; organized meeting of scholarly research and case studies outlining the historic and contemporary value of historically black colleges and universities; featuring 30+ presenters, including United Negro College Fund, Southern Education Foundation, and Honda Campus All-Star Challenge.
MTSU Center for Historic Preservation. Speaker.
“Reconstruction: A Moment in the Sun.” Screening and Q+A Murfreesboro, Tennessee | October 18, 2016.
Vanderbilt University. U.S. and Northern Ireland Civil Rights Movements Past & Present: People, Politics, Music, and Memory. Speaker.
Nashville, Tennessee | May 17, 2016.
New Black School. Panelist.
“Black Lives Matter 101: A Comprehensive Course on Black Social Movements.” Charlene Carruthers, umi selah + Mychal Denzel Smith (moderator). New York, New York | April 29, 2016.
Western Kentucky University Department of History. Speaker.
Bowling Green, Kentucky | April 28, 2016.
Tea Time for Education. Speaker.
Washington, D.C. | April 17, 2016.
Builders Mutual Insurance Company. Speaker.
“Why HBCUs and Black History Month Matters, And Always Will.” Raleigh, North Carolina | February 26, 2016.
Florida Memorial University + Club 1964’s Inaugural HBCU Symposium. Keynote.
“Stony the Road We’ve Trod—The Perilous Place of HBCUs in the Age of Obama and Anti-black Respectability.” Miami Gardens, Florida | February 12, 2016.
“If there is any institution behind which Black America could and should stand in formation, it is our own HBCUs. How we choose to do so is up to us, but neither hashtag advocacy alone nor using the word Formation at every possible moment, is going to be enough to ensure that HBCUs survive and thrive for future generations.”
Alcorn State University Social Justice Forum. Speaker.
“Black Lives Matter as Reconstructed Resistance: HBCUs, Social Justice, and Why Our Degrees Won’t Save Us.” Lorman, Mississippi | October 21, 2015.
“Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton is a graduate of Florida Memorial University. Jonathan Ferrell attended Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University where he was a football player before seeking help following a car crash resulted in 10 shots that took his life. Sandra Bland was a Prairie View A&M University alumna and new-hire when a routine traffic stop ended with her dead in a police cell. And for those who seek educatability and respectability I offer the victims of the Charleston Massacre, six of whom — The Honorable Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney, Allen University ’95, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, South Carolina State University ’91, Cynthia Graham Hurd, Clark Atlanta University, Tywanza Sanders, Allen University ’14, The Reverend Daniel L. Simmons Sr., Allen University, and Myra Singleton Thompson, Livingstone College + Benedict College ’79 — were HBCU graduates. Let it be known, that our degrees nor our silence will save us. If indeed, we believe that “black lives” matter, they must matter to our institutions and to us.”
HBCUstory Symposium III. Convener.
Nashville, Tennessee | October 9 + 10, 2015.
Sought and secured partnerships with Fisk University and the MTSU Center for Historic Preservation and the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area; secured keynote speakers Jarrett L. Carter, Sr. and three college presidents; secured sponsorships; organized meeting of scholarly research and case studies outlining the historic and contemporary value of historically black colleges and universities; featuring 30+ presenters, representing the symposium is the only conference of its kind to convene expert voices in areas of history, information science, fundraising, partnerships, athletics and new media.
TEDx Grand Bahama. Presenter.
“The problem with what we teach and tell girls.” Freeport, Bahamas | August 8, 2015.
“All too often, girls are told they are too much–too sassy, too womanish, too talkative–too much, but never enough. This talk challenges listeners to teach and tell girls that great women embrace “enoughness” and “talk back.”
Watch her Tedx talk here:
Association of Public Land-grant Universities. Panelist.
“Telling Your Story: The Importance of Media, Messaging, and Marketing at HBCUs.” + “Black Lives Matter: Social Justice at HBCUs.” Atlanta, Georgia | April 26 + 27, 2015.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Speaker.
“Building a Beyond-the-Classroom Brand.” Ann Arbor, Michigan | April 3, 2015.
“A well-built brand equals more recognition for you + your work. The more people feel like they ‘know’ your brand the more inclined they are to think of you as an authority in your field. Your brand should be a clear statement of your commitment to service above self. We can get so caught up in the academy that we forget to be relatable and relevant to non-academic and academic audiences alike.”
Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. Speaker.
“Been in the Storm So Long: Black Lives in Slavery + Un-freedom.” | Nashville, Tennessee | February 28, 2015.
“While Andrew Jackson was “Born for a Storm,” his rags to riches story is not merely the story of his charm, his charisma, or even of his passion. It is a story that is undergrided by the toiling of enslaved black lives that stretch from the nine slaves Jackson owned when he purchased The Hermitage in 1804, to the approximately 150 slaves he owned at the time of his death in 1845. The strivings of these, enslaved, black, men, women, and children produced not just a sprawling 1,000+ acre self-sustaining plantation; they functioned as a part of a slave-sustained economy, driven by greed, justified by the myth of black racial inferiority, enshrined in the American Constitution, and protected by the supremacy of ‘King Cotton.’”
Nissan North America Headquarters. Panelist.
“Looking Over Jordan: Black History Month Observation.” Robert DeHart and Jim Hoobler | Nashville, Tennessee | February 24, 2015.
HBCUstory Symposium II. Convener.
Washington, D.C. | October 2014.
Sought and secured partnerships with Association of Public Land-Grant Universities (APLU); secured keynote speakers Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole and Dr. Ivory A. Toldson; secured sponsorships; organized meeting of scholarly research and case studies outlining the historic and contemporary value of historically black colleges and universities; featuring 20+ presenters, representing the symposium is the only conference of its kind to convene expert voices in areas of history, information science, fundraising, partnerships, athletics and new media.
Southern Festival of Books. Moderator.
“Last Days of the Fight: The Civil War in Tennessee.” Daniel Cone and James R. Knight | Nashville, Tennessee | October 2014.
National HBCU Media Week Hosted by Dillard University. Presenter.
“Leveraging History + Contemporary Traditions Into Friendraising + Awareness Building.” | New Orleans, Louisiana | July 11, 2014
Tedx Grand Bahama. Moderator.
“Bahamian Development: How Can We Further It.” Freeport, Bahamas | July 5, 2014
Sisters of Strength: A Brand New You. Presenter.
“Seven Steps to Strategic + Sustainable Success.” | Freeport, Bahamas | June 14, 2014
Tennessee State University: Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated’s Zeta Alpha Chapter Week. Panelist.
“State of the Union: The NPHC in the 21st Century Seminar.” | Nashville, Tennessee | April 22, 2014
The Faculty Breakfast Club: Women’s History Month. Presenter.
“Our Sister’s Keeper.” | Nashville, Tennessee | March 17, 2014
National Institutes of Health: Black (African-American) History Month. Presenter.
“Herstory: Civil Rights (and Wrongs) at Home and Abroad.” | Bethesda, Maryland | February 27, 2014
deGregory’s story begins in Freeport, Bahamas, where she was born and reared. She arrived in the U.S. 15 years ago after a chance encounter with a college recruiter led her to Fisk University, a historically black college in Nashville. A partial scholarship and her mother’s blessing made it possible for her to attend college. The experience inspired her to become an ardent advocate for black college education and expanded opportunities for minorities. – Dana Steinberg, NIH Record
Watch the NIH “Herstory” Talk online:
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences: Black (African-American) History Month. Presenter.
“Herstory: Civil Rights (and Wrongs) at Home and Abroad.” | Raleigh, North Carolina | February 7, 2014
“Demonstrating her talent as a dynamic storyteller, deGregory’s interwoven stories illustrated how the civil rights movement in America influenced the revolution in the Bahamas during the 1950s and 1960s.” – Kimberly Cannady, Ph.D., Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) fellow in the NIEHS Chromatin and Gene Expression Group
Read the entire story online:
Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources’ K-12 Black History Month Workshop. Presenter.
“Intersections of Black and Latin America: Many Movements, One People.” | Vanderbilt University Center for Latin American Studies/Co-sponsored Middle Tennessee State University | Nashville, Tennessee | February 5, 2014
Mr. Tennessee State and the Student Government Association. Presenter.
“A Moment in Black History: Recognizing the Central Role of African-Americans.” | Tennessee State University Forum | Nashville, Tennessee | February 3, 2014
NPT’s The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross Teachers Workshop. Presenter.
“Slavery, the un-Civil War and Reconstruction.” | Nashville Public Library | Nashville, Tennessee | November 13, 2013
2013 History of Education Society Annual Meeting. Presenter.
“If These Walls Could Talk: A Talk and Tour of the Fisk University Campus.” | Fisk University | Nashville, Tennessee | November 1, 2013
Southern Festival of Books. Moderator.
“The New York Times: Disunion: Modern Historians Revisit and Reconsider the War from Lincoln’s Election to the Emancipation Proclamation.” | Nashville, Tennessee |October 11, 2013 | Drs. Kenneth W. Noe, Daniel Sharfstein and Minoa Uffelman
Nation’s Classic Symposium. Panelist.
“Keepers of the Culture” | AT&T Nation’s Classic | Crampton Auditorium, Howard University | Washington, D.C. | September 5, 2013 | Dr. Bryant Marks, Jeff Burns, Jr., Franchell “Frenchie” Davis, Chris Washington and Ralph Remington
“We must see HBCUs as insurgent institutions. We must see them as we see the Black church.”
- Crystal A. deGregory, Ph.D. at the Nation’s Classic
National HBCU Media Week. Presenter.
“The Art of HBCU Storytelling.” | HBCU Digest | Jackson State University | Jackson, Mississippi | June 2013
“When you are not telling your story, you are still sending a message. The message that you don’t care so neither should anyone else.”
- Crystal A. deGregory, Ph.D. at the National HBCU Media Week
Nashville Public Library (Main Branch). Moderator.
“Separate Can Never Be Equal.” | Nashville Public Library | Nashville, Tennessee. February 2012 | Drs. Rebekah Dobrasko and and Dr. Carter Savage
31st Annual Conference on African American History & Culture. Presenter with Learotha Williams, Jr., Ph.D.
“Service, Scholarship and Steppin’: An Exploration of Black Greek Lettered Organizations at Tennessee State University.” | Avon Williams Campus, Tennessee State University | Nashville, Tennessee | February 2012
Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Inc. Presenter.
“Before Black Athens: Black Education in Antebellum Nashville.” | Richmond, Virginia | October 2011
Middle Tennessee State University Center of Educational Media & Teaching with Primary Sources Across Tennessee. Presenter.
“Not Just a Fairytale: Fisk and Her Jubilee Singers.” | Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro, Tennessee | August 2011