Clifton Taulbert


Born in the Delta Region of Mississippi during the era of segregation, Clifton L. Taulbert overcame obstacles and barriers to education in order to redefine success and inspire others. An entrepreneur, author, and consultant, Taulbert is President and CEO of the Freemont Corporation (a human capital development company), serving Fortune-500 companies, small businesses, K-12 schools, community colleges and federal agencies. Additionally, Taulbert is President and CEO of Roots Java Coffee, an African-American owned National Coffee Brand.

As a world-renowned author, Taulbert has written 13 books, including “Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored,” an international bestseller and “Eight Habits of the Heart,” which garnered him an invitation from Justice Sandra Day O’Connor to speak on the Supreme Court.  

Taulbert has received numerous honors including: United States Enlisted Airmen Hall of Fame inductee, National Jewish Humanitarian of the Year, Arthritis Foundation Volunteer of the Year and was recognized by the NAACP 27th Annual Image Awards for his contribution to literature.

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