By Anna-Louise Cobau
On Saturday, November 9th, TEDx -- the independently organized offshoot of the organization which has enthralled the nation, TED Talks -- came to B-CC. Speakers included John Harwood, Editor at Large for CNBC; Jamie Raskin, Maryland’s 8th congressional district’s representative; Erika Totten, co-creator of Black Lives Matter: DC; Marjan Naderi, award-winning Afghan-American poet; and Collin O’Mara, CEO and President of the National Wildlife Federation. Each speaker gave a moving lecture about the theme, “Chasing Tomorrow.”
Organizing this powerful event was no easy task for organizers Jake Morton, Maïssa Kobele Keita, and the members of the B-CC TEDx Club, who began working months before the date of the event. Morton and Kobel Keita worked to file a license with the TED organization, cultivate the theme, meet with B-CC’s administration, and find notable speakers for the event.
Morton found the remarks of one speaker, Collin O’Mara, particularly compelling. Describing O’Mara’s words about the importance of free outdoor activity for young people as “significant in our ever dynamic world challenged by climate change.”
Kobel Keita found the spoken word poetry of Marjan Naderi moving, noting that “[Naderi] was able to lure us to her own world, share her pain, strength, and love to us.”
The effect on the audience was immense; Many listeners found themselves with tears in their eyes.
Due to the hard work of those involved, B-CC was able to host an outstanding event that will be remembered for years to come.