Omékongo Dibinga’s life mission is to inspire all across the globe to take a stand when they witness an injustice, no matter how small or large.
He is an international speaker, trilingual poet, TV talk show host, rapper, and professor of intercultural communication at American University, where he also serves as a faculty affiliate to the Antiracist Research & Policy Center. His Urban Music award-winning work has best been described by poet Nikki Giovanni as “outstanding, exciting, and new while being very old.” His book From the Limbs of My Poetree was described by Essence as “a remarkable and insightful collection of exquisite poetry that touches sacred places within your spirit.”
Dibinga’s writings and performances have appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, as well as on TV and radio from CNN, BET, and the BBC to NPR, Music Choice, and Voice of America in millions of homes in over 150 countries. He has also written songs for major motion pictures as well as organizations such as NASA and the Enough! Project. He has spoken before the United Nations, partners with the State Department to conduct leadership training overseas, and speaks to corporate, government, and educational organizations across the country on issues centered on leadership, antiracism, diversity, and inclusion.
Dibinga has studied at Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Georgetown, Morehouse, and The Fletcher School, where he earned his master’s degree in law and diplomacy. He earned his Ph.D. in international education policy at the University of Maryland. He has worked with school districts across the country on culturally relevant instruction. His book The UPstander’s Guide to an Outstanding Life is a life balance book for students. His bestselling book Lies About Black People: How to Combat Racist Stereotypes and Why It Matters was released in July.