Speaker: LaMarr Darnell ShieldsLaMarr Darnell Shields, co-founder and president of the Urban Leadership Institute (ULI), is a rising star among his peers, with his work with and for young people known nationwide. LaMarr has taught at Baltimore City College, lived in Latin America, spoken at the White House, written several articles and books, volunteered with America Corps, served as a core member of Teach for America, hosted a teen television show, was a regular feature on Radio One?s 92Q where he highlighted the achievements of teens, worked alongside Gen. Colin Powell and taught at the prestigious Johns Hopkins University. LaMarr attended Grambling State University and La Universidad de Coahuila in Mexico where the distinguished graduate earned a degree in Political Science and Spanish. Soon after, he moved to Baltimore where he earned a Masters Degree in Education from Loyola College of Maryland. In 2009, he published 101 Things Every Boy/Young Man of Color Should Know, where men offered 101 nuggets of advice to boys that varied from the simple, "learn how to tie a tie" to the profound, "know that only you can make you feel inferior". The book was so insightful that it inspired the documentary film Men II Boys. During the summer of 2009, LaMarr and filmmaker Janks Morton traveled the country screening the film and selling the book to sold out crowds of educators, mentors, parents, youth and youth advocates.Host: Anthony McCarthyFor more than a decade McCarthy has been a constant voice in journalism, public policy circles, and Maryland's progressive faith community. Whether as the host of three award-winning radio talk shows, as an aide to numerous national and local political leaders, or as a national speaker and lecturer on contemporary political and social issues, McCarthy has been engaged in informing, empowering and improving his community. Find out more about Anthony McCarthy here: http://tedxbaltimore.com/speakers/Organizer: Mel Brennan TEDxBaltimore's lead organizer, Mel is formerly a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Kinesiology at Towson University (MD, USA) and is currently District Executive Center Director for Baltimore City with the Y of Central Maryland. A graduate of McDaniel College, Mel's doctoral work took place at the University of Stirling, Scotland UK, with a focus on human kinetics, human rights and Olympiads. Find out more about Mel Brennan here: http://www.ted.com/profiles/bio/id/447715About TEDx, x = independently organized eventIn the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)Webcast and Videos produced by Open Range Video. http://www.openrangevideo.com/Webcasting&WebVideos.html
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