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The presenters for the April 2 TED are. Mass, who had helped to host a TED in San Francisco, said he felt there was a need for another event, further south, so the Palo Alto event was developed, with a group of 50 people who helped curate it. “We have a committee of volunteers who suggest speakers,” he said gamba 93 pointe shoes. “We try and pull from the greater Silicon Valley area, sometimes nationally, trying to find people who have a story to share. Oak (Onadowan) is from Nigeria, has a story about coming to a ghetto in New Jersey, then to a more gentrified area, going to college for theater, struggling at Berkeley Rep, than having the success of ‘Hamilton.’”..
The theme of the Palo Alto TED is “identity and connections,” Mass noted. And, Onadowan “played a dead white who founded our country. … inviting him is more about his identity and assuming this new role” as in “Hamilton” which “had a predominately clack cast, done in hip-hop. How do you change your identity? How does your identity change over time?”. Ibtihaj Muhammad is an amazing woman, Mass said gamba 93 pointe shoes. “The first Muslim American woman to wear a hijab while competing for the United States in the Olympics … The reason she became a fencer is because she played volleyball, and was discriminated against because of her hijab. Her father suggested fencing because you stay covered.”..
I wondered what impact Ruby Bridges, who broke racial barriers in education when she was a 6-year-old in Louisiana, would have on the audience at Project Cornerstone’s Asset Champions Breakfast on Friday morning. Her story, after all, begins in 1960 — generations removed from the students who attended the event, which focuses on providing youth with positive influences. But her powerful message can’t be confined to the pages of history, and the lessons she learned as a girl being escorted to an empty classroom by federal marshals still resonate gamba 93 pointe shoes. “The most important thing to a 6-year-old is having friends,” said Bridges, now 62, who received the Spark award at the breakfast held at the Santa Clara Convention Center. “I have to say to the young people today, that never, ever changes.”..
Her four sons, she told the crowd of more than 1,200 people, had all been bullied at school, which was heartbreaking for her gamba 93 pointe shoes. Recalling her own story, she said, it was just the innocence of being a child that protected her from the hate directed her way. And while she was hurt emotionally, she said she never felt anger toward kids like the boy who said his parents told him he couldn’t play with her because she was black. “All our babies come into the world with a clean start, a clean heart,” she said. “They know nothing about disliking each other because of the color of their skin. We pass that on to them.”..