Local MLK Jr. committee to host event on deconstructing racism & racial justice

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 abelovedcommunity.alpena@gmail.com.

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.”