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From TEDxPearlStreet 2020: Leading Change

This was TEDxPearlStreet's main event - LEADING CHANGE: a full day of inspiring talks, interactive experiences, food for thought & connections to nourish the soul. And most importantly over 1000 curious people joined us in-person and on the livestream.

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Lift Every Voice And Sing | Davey Yarborough & Esther Williams | TEDxPearlStreet
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Lift Every Voice And Sing | Davey Yarborough & Esther Williams | TEDxPearlStreet

Lift Every Voice and Sing is a song that was originally written as a poem by James Weldon Johnson in 1899 and set to music by his brother, J. Rosamond Johnson in 1900, when it was first performed by a youth choir of 500 school children in celebration of President Lincoln's Birthday on February 12 in Jacksonville, FL. Later the song was adopted by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) as its official song. Today, Lift Every Voice and Sing is one of the most cherished songs of the African American Civil Rights Movement and is often referred to as the Black National Anthem. This mesmerizing performance combines the smooth sounds of the jazz saxophone played by Davey Yarborough with the sensuous vocals of Esther Williams to create a one-of-a-kind rendition that includes moving photographs from the protests in Washington DC following the murder of George Floyd in 2020. ABOUT THE PERFORMERS: Davey Yarborough is the president and artistic director of The Washington Jazz Arts in The District of Columbia. In 2019, Davey retired from Duke Ellington School of the Arts after 30 years of service as jazz educator. His lifelong commitment to mentoring young musicians was recognized in 2018 when he was inducted into the Downbeat Jazz Educator Hall of Fame. Esther Williams is a name you’re sure to remember once you’ve seen this sensuous, talented entertainer. Together, in 1998, Esther and her husband Davey Yarborough created the Washington Jazz Arts Institute, a non-profit organization with community programs, dedicated to educating and mentoring young and aspiring musicians, that has had a lasting impact on the state of jazz in Washington DC. CREDITS: Lyrics by James Weldon Johnson. Music by John Rosamond Johnson. Photos by Miki Jourdan, Rob Klug, Victoria Pickering, and Karen Ramsey. Creative Direction by Kim Cayce and Cory Lawrence. All photos used with permission. hold for bio hold for bio This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
Criminal Justice Reform | Halim Flowers | TEDxPearlStreet
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Criminal Justice Reform | Halim Flowers | TEDxPearlStreet

After being labeled a “Superpredator” by society and sentenced to two life sentences in prison at the age of 16, Halim Flowers shares his journey and how through love he was able to see himself as more than a menace to society imagine a future beyond the confines of the cage where he thought he would spend the remainder of his life. According to Halim, it is through the dynamic power of love that modern society can begin the reconciliation process and allow for a collective healing as we rediscover our shared humanity and overcome the petty social constructs that divide us. SPEAKER BIO:At 16, Halim Flowers found himself sentenced to 40 years to life in prison. More than 20 years later, Halim authored 11 books while serving time, mentored incarcerated youths through D.C.'s Young Men Emerging program, and co-founded Unchained Media Collective, a production and media arts company focused on telling the stories of currently or formerly incarcerated people. Halim was released from the D.C. jail on March 21, 2019, through the Incarceration Reduction Amendment Act of 2016, which allows individuals to petition for case review before the D.C. Superior Court. Individuals must have been sentenced as a juvenile, have served at least 20 years in prison, and have not yet had parole. hold for bio This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx