Dr. Omékongo Dibinga delivers a high energy message that is grounded in one central idea—we have more in common than we know and if we harness those commonalities, we can truly find common ground in uncommon times.
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A professor of cross-cultural communication at American University, trilingual poet, TV talk show host and positive rapper, Dr. Omékongo Dibinga’s writings and performances have appeared in O 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.
Dibinga has studied at Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Georgetown, Morehouse, and The Fletcher School, where he earned his M.A. in Law & Diplomacy. He earned his Ph.D. in International Education Policy at The University of Maryland (UMD) where his dissertation centered on the global hip-hop phenomenon and JAY Z. A book based on the dissertation is in the works. At UMD, he also worked with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Teaching Diverse Students Initiative.” Across the country he has worked with school districts on culturally relevant instruction including Washington D.C., Texas, New York, Ohio, Florida, Massachusetts, and California. He provides leadership, educational and diversity empowerment as a consultant and motivational speaker for organizations, associations and institutions.