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About Barry Bradford

Barry Bradford is a public speaker, historian, and an award-winning writer on popular culture who lectures internationally on leadership and personal empowerment.

Barry Bradford’s commitment to justice and his belief in an individual’s power to affect history led him to make history as the leader of the team that reopened the Mississippi Burning case and brought a murderer to justice.

Furthermore, he spearheaded a movement to convince the State of Mississippi to clear the name of Civil Rights martyr Clyde Kennard.

Barry’s successes in these high-profile cases, along with his many experiences, awards and recognitions, infuse his keynotes and workshops with conviction, humor, intrigue, and passion.

His work has won him awards from the President, Congress, and major Civil Rights groups. He is a former National Teacher Of The Year, Illinois State Teacher Of The Year and a winner of the prestigious Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Called “dramatic, entertaining and powerful,” Barry Bradford has been interviewed by nearly every major media outlet, including The Today Show, The New York Times, U.S. News And World Report, ABC, CBS, and NBC Evening News, The Times Of London, Chinese National Television, The Voice of America, The Washington Post, Fox News, MSNBC, CNN and C-SPAN. In his home town of Chicago, he’s been featured on the front page of the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, and the Chicago Daily Herald.

A Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, Barry has been praised for his “funny and brilliantly crafted presentations.”

Barry lives in the Chicago suburbs with his wife, Mindy, an international corporate executive, and their two children, E.J. and Zack. He travels throughout the U.S. speaking for colleges, universities, and businesses. Barry holds a bachelor degree in Psychology and Communications from Goddard College (Plainfield, VT) and his Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies is from DePaul University (Chicago).