Black History Month Keynote: Brandon P. Fleming, acclaimed Harvard educator and author

Black History Month Keynote: Brandon P. Fleming, acclaimed Harvard educator and author

Contact: Ms. Natasha Saunders, nsaunders@roanoke.edu

“Overcoming Adversity in Celebration of Black History Month” Undoing Miseducation: The Brandon Fleming Story

Presented by Office of Multicultural Affairs

Brandon P. Fleming shares his riveting journey from being an at-risk youth and college dropout to becoming an award-winning Harvard educator. Fleming reveals the lessons and tools that he uses to transform underprivileged youth into global champions and Ivy League scholars. Fleming’s story, erudition, and achievements have enabled him to use his voice to inspire and impact lives in places ranging from federal prisons to global platforms such as the United Nations General Assembly. At the age of 29, Forbes Magazine named Fleming to the Forbes 30 under 30 list.  In 2020, The Root Magazine named Fleming one of the top 100 most influential African-Americans in the United States.   

Brandon P. Fleming is a nationally acclaimed Harvard educator and author of MISEDUCATED: A Memoir, which will be available for purchase and autograph at the event. Fleming

In-person audience participation:

  • Complimentary tickets available at Colket information desk.
  • Community members can find tickets available also at Eventbrite.

Virtual Audience participation:

Brandon Fleming is an Assistant Debate Coach at Harvard University and Founder/CEO of the Harvard Diversity Project. Fleming was recruited to join the Harvard debate faculty at the age of 27 and approved Fleming’s proposal to establish a new department within the university system called the Harvard Diversity Project – an unprecedented pipeline program of the Harvard Debate Council. Fleming now leads an executive staff and board that has raised over a million dollars to enroll over 100 students of color into Harvard’s international summer debate residency on full scholarship. Fleming recruits under served youth with no prior debate experience who he then trains to compete against hundreds of elite debaters from over 25 different countries around the world. For four consecutive years, since the program’s inception in 2017, every cohort trained by Fleming has won the international competition.

News of the achievement instantly went viral and broke national headlines, being featured on CNN, ESPN, Good Morning America, and many more. The organization has gained the financial backing of Fortune 100 companies such as The Coca-Cola Company, UPS, Chick-fil-A, and many more. Fleming has established a groundbreaking organization that is pipelining Black youth into Ivy League and elite colleges & universities. His students have now matriculated to Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and others alike on full scholarship.

Sponsors of this event include: Office of Multicultural Affairs, Department of Modern Languages, and Department of Education.