A veteran community organizer and dynamic public commentator,  Frank Leon Roberts has appeared around the globe as a trust voice on issues related to race, U.S. social movements, social justice,  and the contemporary movement for black lives. 

To book Professor Roberts as a panelist or keynote speaker, or to request an interview---contact FrankRoberts@Nyu.Edu


Previous speaking engagements (partial list) include: 

  • Columbia Law School
  • Broadway4BlackLivesMatter
  • Musagetes Foundation/Ammirato Culture House: (Lecce, Italy)
  • Arika Tramway (Glasgow, Scotland)
  • Duke University
  • University of Rochestor
  • AfroLatino Festival of New York City
  • The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
  • Hunter College
  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • The Shirley Chisholm Project
  • People of Color in Crisis
  • Princeton University
  • Spelman College
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
  • Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Yale University
  • Camille A. Brown Dance Company
  • Brooklyn College
  • San Francisco State University
  • Reach Los Angeles
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Legal Defense Fund
  • The National Action Network
  • Union Theological Seminary
  • Drew University
  • The Leadership Alliance
  • The National Black Justice Coalition
  • New York University
  • New York City Council
  • AIDS Project Los Angeles
  • The City University of New York
  • The Nuyorican Poets Cafe
  • The New Black Fest
  • Bronx Council of the Arts
  • The Museum of Modern Art (MoMa)


Broadway 4 Black Lives Matter.                                             Columbia Law School.                                                             Audra McDonald, India Arie, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Billy Porter, and the Broadway4BlackLives Collective.                                                                                                                           #BlackLivesMatter Beyond Borders.                                Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.           AfroLatin Talks Series                                                                AfroLatino Festival

Musagetes Foundation Fellowship Residency.                   Ammirato Culture House. Lecce, Italy. 

Yale University
Invited Speaker & Moderator
“The Black Experience on the Path to Higher Education”
Sponsored by the 20th Annual Yale Black Solidarity Conference

The New Black Fest
Invited Speaker
“New Topics in Blackness: The New Civil Rights”
Panel: Frank Leon Roberts with Kevin Powell, Keli Goff, and Dominque Morriseau
Sponsored by The New Black Fest

Duke University
Invited Speaker
“Keeping Ferguson Alive"
Sponsored by Duke Divinity School

Yale University
Invited Speaker
“Ferguson and the Contemporary Movement for Black Lives”
Part of Ferguson and Beyond: A Teach-In
Sponsored by the Department of African American Studies, Yale University

New York University
Convocation Keynote Speaker
NYU Black Student Graduation Ceremony (University Wide)

Frank Leon Roberts

Frank Leon Roberts