Speakers Bureau: Joe Hicks
Joe R. Hicks, a member of the Project 21 black leadership network, is the vice president of Community Advocates, Inc. a privately-funded Los Angeles-based political think-tank. He is also an analyst and commentator for PJTV.com, where he hosts "The Hicks File" and "The Minority Report" programs. From 2005 to 2008, he hosted the weekly "Joe Hicks Show" on KFI-AM in Los Angeles.
Prior to co-founding CAI, Hicks served as the executive director of the Los Angeles City Human Relations Commission from 1997 to 2001. In the early 1990s, Hicks was executive director of the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference — the civil rights group formed by Martin Luther King, Jr.
For more than 35 years, Hicks has been an active and high-profile figure with regard to countless local, national and international issues. He has been a guest on the Fox News Channel, CNN and other national television and radio networks, and his opinion articles and interviews have appeared in national and international print media. Hicks served for three years as a member of the Board of Governors for the California State Bar, stepping down in 2002. He is also a former member of the California Advisory Panel to the United States Civil Rights Commission.
Throughout the turbulent 1960s and into the 1990s, Hicks' views were aligned with what he describes as the "orthodoxy of left–liberalism." By the mid-1990s, however, Hicks began a lengthy re-examination process that resulted in dramatically altered views and positions. Today, his political views often stand at odds with the beliefs he was long been associated with as he now identifies himself as a political conservative.
In 2007, Hicks testified on behalf of Project 21 before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands regarding proposed legislation to create a "special resource study of sites associated with the life of Cesar Estrada Chavez and the farm labor movement." Hicks, who had worked with Chavez, noted that "labor leaders who lead non-UFW farm worker associations hotly dispute the notion that Chavez or the UFW ever represented their views and challenge what they see as 'mythology' surrounding Chavez."
Publications and commentary by Joe Hicks:
Black Conservatives Reflect on 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington (August 2013)
Convicts as a Protected Class? EEOC Thinks Background Checks Can Discriminate Against Blacks, Hispanics (August 2010)
Chavez Commemoration Craves Consensus it Lacks (April 2007)
Bowl Game Proposal a True Indicator of Race Relations, Not Kramer's Racist Rant (January 2007)