Tyree Boyd-Pates keynote speaker
Tyree Boyd-Pates keynote speaker

Tyree Boyd-Pates

Award-winning historian, museum curator and activist

Speaker Themes

  • African American history
  • Equity
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Digital advocacy
  • Activism
  • Mental Health

Travels from

Los Angeles, USA


Tyree Boyd-Pates is a Los Angeles-based museum curator, historian and public speaker with a career in History spanning across multiple disciplines.

Tyree started his career as a Professor of Africana studies at California State University Dominguez Hills, where he taught introductory courses into the discipline as well as the Harlem Renaissance. Simultaneously, he served as a leading contributor for Huffington Post’s Black Voices and was selected to Fusion’s Rise Up: Be Heard fellowship program for his work in capturing marginalized voices of southern Los Angeles, California as a writer and activist. After a series of successful events, particularly regarding his digital advocacy, community building, and social media savviness, Tyree pivoted into museums as a History Curator and Public Program Manager at the California African American Museum.

Organizing multiple critically acclaimed history exhibitions that have drawn in thousands, Tyree’s museum curation has been featured in TIME, The New York Times, Vogue, Hollywood Reporter, Fast Company, The LA Times, NPR, and many others. Tyree has organized and facilitated popular public programming featuring conversations with Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Ava Duvenay, Ruth Carter, Terry Crews, Rakim, Chuck D, and KRS-One. Additionally, having consulted for Fortune 500 Companies on Black History, He has also consulted on major museum exhibitions and projects for the Smithsonian, the Getty Museum, and the Broad museum, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Recently, Tyree joined The Autry Museum of the American West as the Associate Curator of Western History. At the Autry, he organizes History exhibitions to stimulate and engage communities that have been omitted from American history in the West through exhibits, programming, and partnerships using a cultural and creative lens.

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As a leading thought leader and speaker, Tyree has spoken for NIKE, Apple’s Media Art’s Lab, The National Museum of African American History and Culture and for universities like the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles offering keynotes on African American History, Museums, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and how to create pipelines for curators of color within the museum field.

He has been recognized by the State of California and the county of Los Angeles County, for his vital work in capturing and displaying American history. In 2018, he received the MLK Jr. Unsung Hero Award from the California Legislative Black Caucus and named one of Los Angeles’ 40 Emerging Civic Leaders. In 2020, Boyd-Pates was honored by the LA County Board of Supervisors for his excellent service to the city and county as well.

Aside from his career in public history, Tyree is an avid vinyl record and sneaker collector, and plant connoisseur. You can find him thumbing through local record stores or buying plants at his local nursery and sharing them on Instagram. He often writes about race, history, mental health, and ways we can all practice diversity and inclusion.

He is currently a 2021 Civic Media Fellow with the Annenberg Innovation Lab at USC and a 2021 Innovation Fellow with the UCLA Luskin Center for History and Policy.

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