The Martin Luther King Jr. Committee of Northeast Michigan is hosting a virtual TED talk and subsequent discussion on deconstructing racism and racial justice.
TED is a nonprofit organization dedicated to spreading innovative ideas and discoveries through 18-minute talks delivered in front of live audiences at TED conferences.
The local MLK Jr. committee has selected a Ted Talk by Baratunde Thurston on “How to deconstruct racism.” Thurston, an Emmy-nominated writer, activist, and comedian, will talk about the power of language to change stories.
Thurston’s presentation will be followed by a discussion on Racial justice among attendees, led by Pastor Tom Orth of Grace Lutheran Church in Alpena, and Sandra Pilgrim-Lewis, Division of Victim Services for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
The entire community is invited to the event, which will be held on Zoom on Monday – Martin Luther King Jr. Day, starting at 7 p.m. Interested persons must request a link to the event by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The MLK Jr. committee said that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic it was “not able to organize our usual activities for the day.”