Iowa's African-American Festival

2020 Festival Headliner!


Film & Television Actor

Lamman Rucker is an Actor, Educator, Activist and Entrepreneur who’s career platform has been used to influence, educate and ignite communities through artistic and academic innovation.

He currently stars in the original TV drama series Greenleaf now in it’s fourth season on the OWN Network and Netflix alongside Oprah Winfrey.  Best known as the handsome star of Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married film sequel and hit film/sitcom Meet The Browns; Rucker is maintaining a powerful screen presence in recent films such as BET’s The Man in 3B and Black Coffee; UPtv’s Where is The Love as well as feature film Service to Man. Beyond film, his award-winning acting range has spanned Off-Broadway theater as well as television such as Black Angels Over Tuskegee, Half and Half, WEtv’s South of Hell, As The World Turns and All My Children.

A passionate Activist; Rucker has relentlessly advocated for social justice, community empowerment, health and more since his youth.   He is a spokesperson for several charitable efforts and community action initiatives including the American Heart Association, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Association  of  Black  Cardiologists, The  Black AIDS  Institute,  BMe  Community, The Magic Johnson Foundation and his non-profit The Black Gents; an all male ensemble of actors driven to resurrect  the  positive  images  of  black  males  through  thought-provoking  high  quality  entertainment, youth empowerment initiatives and community service.

A  prolific  speaker  and  moderator,  Lamman  has  embraced  the  international  speaking  circuit for countless corporate conferences, university commencements and masterclasses; marketing campaigns and non-profit initiatives.  With a master’s in education, two honorary doctorates and as a former high school teacher; Rucker especially dedicates substantive resources to youth empowerment using his teaching gift in educational capacities. He has contributed to several “edu-tainment”  movements  that  empower  and  inspire  while  educating  and  has  recently  contributed  to best-selling book REACH: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading, and Succeeding.

His sensitivity for community and prowess in business, the arts, and life skills has established him as a credible voice while building a significant legacy for this generation and those to come.