Speaking truth, speaking life, speaking light
Appearances on stages around the world
Featured on nationally-recognized podcasts/ radio shows
Winner of several major competitions
Featured speaker for major universities and national organizations
Speech coach and consultant
Dr. Raymond Christian is a retired US Army paratrooper who grew up on the poverty-ridden streets of Richmond, VA. The son of illiterate parents, his love for the written word sparked his dreams of a different life and led to many adventures, including seeming impossible educational achievements and life as an amateur farmer and professional family-man.
Ray is a Fulbright Specialist Scholar in Education, with expertise in oral history and personal narrative. He is the only specialist in this field on the Fulbright roster which makes him a uniquely qualified educator, facilitator, performer and creator.
Ray uses his unique combination of education and world experience to teach, inspire and entertain. From professional development workshops and fundraisers to keynote addresses, he uses the spoken word to connect to audiences and leave them encouraged and inspired to take on any challenge they might face.
"A storyteller's storyteller!"
-Glynn Washington, Snap Judgement/Spooked
“He is a profound, prolific, jaw dropping storyteller.”
-Satori Shakoor, Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers
“...everybody needs to listen [to What’s Ray Saying] cause the more you know about black American history, the less of a douchebag you become.”
-J.C. Cassis. RISK!
“I was blown away, not just by Ray’s realness but by his depth. His heart and soul are in that storytelling… Ray has a poet’s spirit and he’s lived one hell of a fascinating life.”
-Kevin Allison, RISK!
"Best known storyteller in the South"
- The Bitter Southerner