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Amanda Gorman: The Hill We Climb (2021 US Presidential Inauguration)
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Poet and activist Amanda Gorman recites her poem "The Hill We Climb" at the historic inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Her words call...Show more Poet and activist Amanda Gorman recites her poem "The Hill We Climb" at the historic inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Her words call for hope, unity and resilience in a time of division. "While democracy can be periodically delayed, it can never be permanently defeated," she says. "In this truth, in this faith, we trust. For while we have our eyes on the future, history has its eyes on us." (Featured as part of TED's "Best of the Web" series, spotlighting remarkable ideas from around the internet) Show less
Damon Davis: Courage is contagious
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When artist Damon Davis went to join the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, after police killed Michael Brown in 2014, he found not only anger but also a sen...Show more When artist Damon Davis went to join the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, after police killed Michael Brown in 2014, he found not only anger but also a sense of love for self and community. His documentary "Whose Streets?" tells the story of the protests from the perspective of the activists who showed up to challenge those who use power to spread fear and hate. This talk was presented at an official TED conference Show less
Isabel Wilkerson: The Great Migration and the power of a single decision
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Sometimes, a single decision can change the course of history. Join journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson as she tells the story of the Great Migration, ...Show more Sometimes, a single decision can change the course of history. Join journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson as she tells the story of the Great Migration, the outpouring of six million African Americans from the Jim Crow South to cities in the North and West between World War I and the 1970s. This was the first time in American history that the lowest caste people signaled they had options and were willing to take them -- and the first time they had a chance to choose for themselves what they would do with their innate talents, Wilkerson explains. "These people, by their actions, were able to do what the powers that be, North and South, could not or would not do," she says. "They freed themselves." This talk was presented at an official TED conference Show less
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story
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Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voi...Show more Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding. This talk was presented at an official TED conference Show less
John Biewen: The lie that invented racism
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To understand and eradicate racist thinking, start at the beginning. That's what journalist and documentarian John Biewen did, leading to a trove of surpr...Show more To understand and eradicate racist thinking, start at the beginning. That's what journalist and documentarian John Biewen did, leading to a trove of surprising and thought-provoking information on the "origins" of race. He shares his findings, supplying answers to fundamental questions about racism -- and lays out an exemplary path for practicing effective allyship. This talk was presented to a local audience at TEDxCharlottesville Show less
Sanford Biggers: An artists unflinching look at racial violence
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Conceptual artist and TED Fellow Sanford Biggers uses painting, sculpture, video and performance to spark challenging conversations about the history and ...Show more Conceptual artist and TED Fellow Sanford Biggers uses painting, sculpture, video and performance to spark challenging conversations about the history and trauma of black America. Join him as he details two compelling works and shares the motivation behind his art. "Only through more thoughtful dialogue about history and race can we evolve as individuals and society," Biggers says. This talk was presented at an official TED conference Show less
Brittney Cooper: The racial politics of time
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Cultural theorist Brittney Cooper examines racism through the lens of time, showing us how historically it has been stolen from people of color, resulting...Show more Cultural theorist Brittney Cooper examines racism through the lens of time, showing us how historically it has been stolen from people of color, resulting in lost moments of joy and connection, lost years of healthy quality of life and the delay of progress. A candid, thought-provoking take on history and race that may make you reconsider your understanding of time, and your place in it. This talk was presented at an official TED conference Show less
Kimberlé Crenshaw: The urgency of intersectionality
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Now more than ever, it's important to look boldly at the reality of race and gender bias -- and understand how the two can combine to create even more har...Show more Now more than ever, it's important to look boldly at the reality of race and gender bias -- and understand how the two can combine to create even more harm. Kimberlé Crenshaw uses the term "intersectionality" to describe this phenomenon; as she says, if you're standing in the path of multiple forms of exclusion, you're likely to get hit by both. In this moving talk, she calls on us to bear witness to this reality and speak up for victims of prejudice. This talk was presented at an official TED conference Show less
William Sandy Darity: A blueprint for reparations in the US
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With clarity and insight, economist and author William "Sandy" Darity discusses how the grievous injustice of slavery in the US led to the immen...Show more With clarity and insight, economist and author William "Sandy" Darity discusses how the grievous injustice of slavery in the US led to the immense wealth gap that currently exists between Black and white Americans. He explains how reparations for descendants of enslaved people would work -- and why it's necessary that the US engage in this act of compensation and redemption to make progress towards true equality. (This virtual conversation, hosted by TED's current affairs curator Whitney Pennington Rodgers, was recorded June 30, 2020.) This talk was presented at an official TED conference Show less
Jennifer L. Eberhardt: How racial bias works --- how to disrupt it
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Our brains create categories to make sense of the world, recognize patterns and make quick decisions. But this ability to categorize also exacts a heavy t...Show more Our brains create categories to make sense of the world, recognize patterns and make quick decisions. But this ability to categorize also exacts a heavy toll in the form of unconscious bias. In this powerful talk, psychologist Jennifer L. Eberhardt explores how our biases unfairly target Black people at all levels of society -- from schools and social media to policing and criminal justice -- and discusses how creating points of friction can help us actively interrupt and address this troubling problem. This talk was presented at an official TED conference Show less
Richard Garcia: Health disparities in medicine based on race
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Dr. Richard Garcia is a pediatrician in Stockton, California. He received his medical degree from University of Illinois College of Medicine and has been ...Show more Dr. Richard Garcia is a pediatrician in Stockton, California. He received his medical degree from University of Illinois College of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. Dr. Garcia and his colleagues have woven together a series of personal and emotional essays that highlight the inequalities that continue to plague us and significantly contribute to our national disease and economic burden. This talk was presented to a local audience at TEDxSageHillSchool Show less
Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi: An interview with the founders of Black Lives Matter
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Born out of a social media post, the Black Lives Matter movement has sparked discussion about race and inequality across the world. In this spirited conve...Show more Born out of a social media post, the Black Lives Matter movement has sparked discussion about race and inequality across the world. In this spirited conversation with Mia Birdsong, the movement's three founders share what they've learned about leadership and what provides them with hope and inspiration in the face of painful realities. Their advice on how to participate in ensuring freedom for everybody: join something, start something and "sharpen each other, so that we all can rise." This talk was presented at an official TED conference Show less
Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff: How we can make racism a solvable problem and improve policing
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When we define racism as behaviors instead of feelings, we can measure it -- and transform it from an impossible problem into a solvable one, says justice...Show more When we define racism as behaviors instead of feelings, we can measure it -- and transform it from an impossible problem into a solvable one, says justice scientist Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff. In an actionable talk, he shares his work at the Center for Policing Equity, an organization that helps police departments diagnose and track racial gaps in policing in order to eliminate them. Learn more about their data-driven approach -- and how you can get involved with the work that still needs to be done. (This ambitious plan is part of the Audacious Project, TED's initiative to inspire and fund global change.) This talk was presented at an official TED conference Show less
Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, Rashad Robinson, Dr. Bernice King, Anthony D. Romero: The path to ending systemic racism in the US
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In a time of mourning and anger over the ongoing violence inflicted on Black communities by police in the US and the lack of accountability from national ...Show more In a time of mourning and anger over the ongoing violence inflicted on Black communities by police in the US and the lack of accountability from national leadership, what is the path forward? Sharing urgent insights into this historic moment, Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, Rashad Robinson, Dr. Bernice King and Anthony D. Romero discuss dismantling the systems of oppression and racism responsible for tragedies like the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and far too many others -- and explore how the US can start to live up to its ideals. This talk was presented at an official TED conference Show less
Mellody Hobson: Color blind or color brave?
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The subject of race can be very touchy. As finance executive Mellody Hobson says, it's a "conversational third rail." But, she says, that's exac...Show more The subject of race can be very touchy. As finance executive Mellody Hobson says, it's a "conversational third rail." But, she says, that's exactly why we need to start talking about it. In this engaging, persuasive talk, Hobson makes the case that speaking openly about race — and particularly about diversity in hiring -- makes for better businesses and a better society. This talk was presented at an official TED conference Show less
David Ikard: The real story of Rosa Parks and why we need to confront myths about black history
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Black history taught in US schools is often watered-down, riddled with inaccuracies and stripped of its context and rich, full-bodied historical figures. ...Show more Black history taught in US schools is often watered-down, riddled with inaccuracies and stripped of its context and rich, full-bodied historical figures. Equipped with the real story of Rosa Parks, professor David Ikard highlights how making the realities of race more benign and digestible harms us all -- and emphasizes the power and importance of historical accuracy. This talk was presented to a local audience at TEDxNashville, an independent event. Show less
Wanda Irving: How the US medical community fails black mothers
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In the US, Black women are nearly 300 percent more likely to die as a result of childbirth than white women. Sharing appalling statistics on maternal mort...Show more In the US, Black women are nearly 300 percent more likely to die as a result of childbirth than white women. Sharing appalling statistics on maternal mortality as well as her own tragic story of loss, Wanda Irving explains how racism and bias in health care minimizes and dismisses Black women's pain -- and makes a personal plea for leaders in the medical community to take steps toward reform. This video was produced by TEDMED Show less
Hasan Kwame Jeffries: Why we must confront the painful parts of US history
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To move forward in the United States, we must look back and confront the difficult history that has shaped widespread injustice. Revisiting a significant ...Show more To move forward in the United States, we must look back and confront the difficult history that has shaped widespread injustice. Revisiting a significant yet overlooked piece of the past, Hasan Kwame Jeffries emphasizes the need to weave historical context, no matter how painful, into our understanding of modern society -- so we can disrupt the continuum of inequality massively affecting marginalized communities. This talk was presented to a local audience at TEDxOhioStateUniversity Show less
Marc Bamuthi Joseph: You have the rite
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In a breathtaking, jazz-inflected spoken-word performance, TED Fellow Marc Bamuthi Joseph shares a Black father's tender and wrenching internal reflection...Show more In a breathtaking, jazz-inflected spoken-word performance, TED Fellow Marc Bamuthi Joseph shares a Black father's tender and wrenching internal reflection on the pride and terror of seeing his son enter adulthood. This talk was presented at an official TED conference Show less
Titus Kaphar: Can beauty open our hearts to difficult conversations?
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An artwork's color or composition can pull you in -- and put you on the path to having important and difficult conversations, says artist Titus Kaphar. In...Show more An artwork's color or composition can pull you in -- and put you on the path to having important and difficult conversations, says artist Titus Kaphar. In this stunning talk, he reflects on his artistic evolution and takes us on a tour of his career -- from "The Jerome Project," which draws on religious icons to examine the US criminal justice system, to "From a Tropical Space," a haunting body of work that centers around Black mothers whose children have disappeared. Kaphar also shares the idea behind NXTHVN, an arts incubator and community for young people in his hometown. This talk was presented at an official TED conference Show less
Ibram X. Kendi: The difference between being not racist and antiracist
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There is no such thing as being "not racist," says author and historian Ibram X. Kendi. In this vital conversation, he defines the transformativ...Show more There is no such thing as being "not racist," says author and historian Ibram X. Kendi. In this vital conversation, he defines the transformative concept of antiracism to help us more clearly recognize, take responsibility for and reject prejudices in our public policies, workplaces and personal beliefs. Learn how you can actively use this awareness to uproot injustice and inequality in the world -- and replace it with love. This talk was presented at an official TED conference Show less
Heather C. McGhee: Racism has a cost for everyone
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Racism makes our economy worse -- and not just in ways that harm people of color, says public policy expert Heather C. McGhee. From her research and trave...Show more Racism makes our economy worse -- and not just in ways that harm people of color, says public policy expert Heather C. McGhee. From her research and travels across the US, McGhee shares startling insights into how racism fuels bad policymaking and drains our economic potential -- and offers a crucial rethink on what we can do to create a more prosperous nation for all. "Our fates are linked," she says. "It costs us so much to remain divided." This talk was presented at an official TED conference Show less
Monique W. Morris: Why Black Girls are targeted for punishment at school --- and how to change that
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Around the world, black girls are being pushed out of schools because of policies that target them for punishment, says author and social justice scholar ...Show more Around the world, black girls are being pushed out of schools because of policies that target them for punishment, says author and social justice scholar Monique W. Morris. The result: countless girls are forced into unsafe futures with restricted opportunities. How can we put an end to this crisis? In an impassioned talk, Morris uncovers the causes of "pushout" and shows how we can work to turn all schools into spaces where black girls can heal and thrive. This talk was presented at an official TED conference Show less
Vernā Myers: How to overcome our biases walk boldly toward them
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Our biases can be dangerous, even deadly — as we've seen in the cases of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner, in Staten Island, New York....Show more Our biases can be dangerous, even deadly — as we've seen in the cases of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner, in Staten Island, New York. Diversity advocate Vernā Myers looks closely at some of the subconscious attitudes we hold toward out-groups. She makes a plea to all people: Acknowledge your biases. Then move toward, not away from, the groups that make you uncomfortable. In a funny, impassioned, important talk, she shows us how. This talk was presented to a local audience at TEDxBeaconStreet Show less
Ruby Sales: How can we start to heal the pain of racial division
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"Where does it hurt?" It's a question that activist and educator Ruby Sales has traveled the US asking, looking deeply at the country's legacy o...Show more "Where does it hurt?" It's a question that activist and educator Ruby Sales has traveled the US asking, looking deeply at the country's legacy of racism and searching for sources of healing. In this moving talk, she shares what she's learned, reflecting on her time as a freedom fighter in the civil rights movement and offering new thinking on pathways to racial justice. This talk was presented at a TED Salon event given in partnership with Verizon. Show less
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