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Clifton L. Taulbert

Author, Business Consultant, & Speaker; Best Known for "Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored"

Author, Business Consultant, & Speaker; Best Known for "Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored"

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Tulsa, OK, USA
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Clifton L. Taulbert Biography

The United States Supreme Court was not the picture that Clifton Taulbert saw each morning growing up on the Mississippi Delta. He saw cotton fields—a world he thought would never change. But change it did, and the podium at the Library of Congress, where he was once invited as the special guest speaker of former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, is just one of the many places where his journey has taken him. The former migrant cotton field worker is now an award-winning author, an entrepreneur, an educator, an inspiration, and a CEO of two different companies: An international human capital consultancy and a national coffee supply company.

Taulbert, the writer, is recognized and embraced around the world, from South Africa to Australia. His first book, Once Upon A Time When We Were Colored, became an international bestseller and a major motion picture. The United States government selected the book as a gift for Nelson Mandela upon his release from prison in 1990.

His most recent book, The Invitation, was chosen by the Architect of the United States Capitol as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Legislation. Taulbert has written fourteen books in total, produced a major motion picture, and served as a consultant on several documentaries: Jews in the Delta and the Emmy-award winning Boomtown: An American Journey, which details the birth of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

In 2018, Taulbert was asked by the University of Utah to open their 2018 Fulbright Scholars Innovation Conference, where he spoke to one hundred and twenty scholars from around the world. Taulbert’s address, The Revival of the Inquisitive Mind, was widely enjoyed at the U.S. State Department-sponsored conference.

Taulbert, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, graduated valedictorian of his high school class. He now serves as a Trustee for the University of Tulsa and is on the Board of Reference at Oral Roberts University. In 2017, Ambassador Barbara Stephenson, President of the American Foreign Service Association, presented Taulbert with the 2017 Citizen Diplomat Award, the highest honor given by Global Ties U.S.

Taulbert has been inducted into the Enlisted Airman Hall of Fame. He is also a recipient of the 27th NAACP Image Award for Literature. He is a Trustee for the Tulsa Library Trust, the Oklahoma Foundation for Academic Excellence, and the Tulsa Historical Society, and he serves on the Eudora Welty Advisory Board, the Anne Kathryn Sickle Cell Fund, and the Indian Nation Council of Boy Scouts.

Taulbert lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma and shares his life with his wife, Barbara. They have one son, Marshall Danzy Taulbert, a film and athleisure wear fashion entrepreneur in Los Angeles, California.

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Speaker profile last updated by AAE Talent Team on 05/07/2024.

Clifton L. Taulbert Speaking Topics

  • Timeless Values the Build Strong Communities

  • Eight Habits of the Heart

  • Building Community

    Eight Habits of the Heart: The Principles

  • Teamwork

    Connecting the Silos of Excellence

  • Diversity: RAI in the Workplace

    Respect, Affirmation, Inclusion

  • Leadership

    Slow Down to Lead

Clifton L. Taulbert Videos

  • TEDxTulsa - Clifton Taulbert - When Others Matter, Lives Change ...
  • Clifton Taulbert: Outside of the Ordinary - YouTube

Clifton L. Taulbert Books

  • Little Cliff and the Porch People
    Little Cliff and the Porch People
  • Eight Habits of the Heart: Embracing the Values that Build Strong Families and Communities (African American History (Penguin))
    Eight Habits of the Heart: Embracing the Values that Build Strong Families and Communities (African American History (Penguin))
  • Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored
    Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored
  • Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored
    Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored
  • The Last Train North
    The Last Train North

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Clifton L. Taulbert is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Timeless Values the Build Strong Communities, Eight Habits of the Heart, Building Community, Teamwork, Diversity: RAI in the Workplace and Leadership. The estimated speaking fee range to book Clifton L. Taulbert for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Clifton L. Taulbert generally travels from Tulsa, OK, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Neal Petersen, Hill Harper, Montel Williams, Erin Gruwell and Juan Williams. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Clifton L. Taulbert for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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