Public Speaker Jimmie Briggs with Speaking Matters, a speakers bureau

our speakers:

Jimmie Briggs


  • Ferguson: History, Justice and Equality
  • Manhood and Healthy Masculinity: Affirming Alternative Models
  • Innocents Lost: Children, Women and Girls in Crises and Conflict

Travels from: New York, NY

Jimmie Briggs is a documentary storyteller, writer and advocate for racial and gender equity. A member of the New York City Mayor's Gender Equity Commission, he is also an adjunct professor in social change journalism at the International Center of Photography in New York.

Briggs was the founding executive director of Man Up Campaign, a global initiative mobilizing young people to stop violence against women and girls through arts, sports and technology. The Man Up Campaign formally launched during a Young Leaders Summit at the University of Johannesburg during 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, bringing together youth from 25 countries throughout the world, including Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as the Middle East and Latin America.

For his work with violence-affected youth, and advocating on gender equity and violence prevention, he was selected as the winner of the 2010 GQ Magazine "Better Men Better World" Search, as well as one of Women's eNews' 21 Leaders for the 21st Century.

Over twenty years, Briggs earned a reputation as one of the most respected human rights advocates in the field of journalism. Through extensive travels across the United States, as well as Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, he produced seminal reporting on juvenile violence and trauma, war-affected youth and children soldiers, as well as survivors of sexual violence. Briggs' work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, LIFE, El Pais, The Village Voice, Fortune, and scores of other publications.

A National Magazine Award finalist and recipient of honors from the Open Society Institute, National Association of Black Journalists (for work in Uganda and Rwanda), the Freedom Center, Congressional Black Caucus, and The Carter Center (for research on mental health trauma among rape survivors), among others, Briggs' book Innocents Lost: When Child Soldiers Go To War won accolades in 2005, and took readers into the personal journeys of child soldiers and war-affected children in Rwanda, Uganda, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Colombia.

He has served as an adjunct professor of investigative journalism at the New School for Social Research, and was a George A. Miller Visiting Professor in the Department of African and African-American Studies at the University of Illinois: Champaign-Urbana.

Briggs holds a Medal of Distinction from Barnard College.

His next book project is an oral history of Ferguson, Missouri in the wake of Michael Brown's death in 2014.

Preview Videos:

Failing Forward talk at TEDx Traverse City


The Uncomfortable Silence

"Jimmie Briggs is passionate and personally driven to bring the message of stopping violence towards women (and all people) to communities and college campuses like ours. His compassion for all people is very apparent in his verbal and non-verbal communication, and he handled our students very well with some of their thoughtful and analytical questions."

Lisa Thomas, Assoc. Dean of Student Life,
Northwestern Michigan College