Speaking Topics

Our Voices, Our Stories

How to take control of your own story for those who feel

marginalized or misrepresented within popular narratives.

Life and Legacy of Ida B. Wells

About Michelle’s great-grandmother, Ida B. Wells,

who was a journalist, civil rights activist, suffragist

Women Defining Themselves

 Women are more than the “wife of” “mother of” “granddaughter of” and any other connection to another person. This talk is about the struggle for women to have their own identities and be defined by their own accomplishments. 

African American Stereotypes Versus Reality

 Discuss how African Americans are portrayed in the media compared to the reality of our lives. Explore how that affects how people relate to us and how we view and define ourselves. 

Select List of Speeches and Presentations

Colleges and Universities

Antioch College - Yellow Springs, OH  

Central State University - Wilberforce, OH  

Clark Atlanta University - Atlanta, GA  

Cheyney University - Cheyney, PA  

Coppin State University - Baltimore, MD  

Dartmouth College - Hanover, NH

DePaul University - Chicago, IL 

Nassau Community College - Garden City, NY  

Northeastern Illinois University - Chicago, IL  

Northwestern University - Evanston, IL

Richland Community College - DeKalb, IL  

Rust College - Holly Springs, MS  

State University of New York  - Old Westbury, NY  

Texas Southern University - Houston, TX

University of Florida - Gainesville, FL  

University of Illinois - Chicago, IL

Wilbur Wright College - Chicago, IL


Chicago History Museum - Chicago, IL  

Civil War Museum - Kenosha, WI  

DuSable Museum - Chicago, IL  

National Public Housing Museum - Chicago, IL  

Underground Railroad Museum - Cincinnati, OH  


Afro-American Genealogical and Historical Society - Chicago, IL  

Association for the Study of African American Life and History  

Chicago Black Authors Network - Chicago, IL

Ida B's Table - Baltimore, MD

Learning Through an Expanded Arts Program (LEAP) - Bronx, NY  

Off-Campus Writers Workshop - Winnetka, IL  


Carey Tercentenary Church - Chicago, IL  

First Presbyterian Church of Chicago - Chicago, IL  

Grant Memorial A.M.E. Church - Chicago, IL  

Greenwood Acres Baptist Church - Shreveport, LA

Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church - Chicago, IL


Speaking Truth to Power

Moderated discussions about women fighting against sexual harassment and assault

Panelists: Micaela Garrido, Rachel Johnson, Dr. Barbara Ransby, Lauren Sugarman, Emnet Tafesse

Hosted by Chicago Women's History Center - Chicago, IL

Hull House hell-raisers: Chicago’s reformers at the turn of the last century 

with Julia Berkowitz and Stephanie Seawell 

Women Build Nations Conference, Chicago, IL

Black Women’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Commemoration of the International Decade for People of African Descent with 

Dorothy Pitman-Hughes, Netsanet Tesfay, Esq, Lynn Rosenthal, and Benjamin Crump, Esq 

United Nations, New York, NY

Daughters of Destiny: Living with History 

with A'Lelia Bundles and Nettie Washington Douglass - Flint, MI