Dr. Cooper Owens is a historian who shares the power of history largely through stories. Her work on medical history and medical disparities in the US makes her a leading national authority on this topic. Her Juneteenth talk will remind us of the history that hasn’t always made our school textbooks and will inspire and empower us all to better understand how the past is always connected to the present. She is a popular speaker on our roster – with consistent feedback for her ability to deeply engage diverse audiences to great effect. As one of the country’s most “acclaimed experts in U.S. history,” according to Time Magazine, she is steadily working towards making history more accessible and inspiring for all.
Michael is THE culinary historian for Juneteenth celebrations. He will not only cover the historical significance of Juneteenth but will discuss the celebration from a food and freedom lens. Michael is an award-winning author of The Cooking Gene and two times James Beard Award winner for best writing and best book. He has presented to over 500 organizations around the globe and is Melibee Global’s most popular speaker on our roster. Michael is known for highly informative and entertaining talks with generous time for discussion and Q&A – and always manages to weave in current events into his talks to increase the relevancy for participants. You’ll walk away from this talk with more history and a true sense of Black Joy.