Celebrate Black History Month on MCAET


Celebrate Black History Month this February with special programming on MCAET – TedTalks & The Commonwealth Club TV Series

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With Speakers Mellody Hobson, Clint Smith, Jamila Lyiscott, Kimberly Motley, Sarah Jones
Sunday, February 1st at 3:00 PM & 9:00 PM; Monday, February 2nd at 3:00 AM & 9:00 AM

Speaker 1: Mellody Hobson
Title: Color Blind Or Color Brave?
Description: 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.

Speaker 2: Clint Smith
Title: The Danger Of Silence
Description: We spend so much time listening to the things people are saying that we rarely pay attention to the things they don’t, says slam poet and teacher Clint Smith. A short, powerful piece from the heart, about finding the courage to speak up against ignorance and injustice.

Speaker 3: Jamila Lyiscott
Title: 3 Ways To Speak English
Description: Jamila Lyiscott is a “tri-tongued orator;” in her powerful spoken-word essay “Broken English,” she celebrates — and challenges — the three distinct flavors of English she speaks with her friends, in the classroom and with her parents. As she explores the complicated history and present-day identity that each language represents, she unpacks what it means to be “articulate.”

Speaker 4: Kimberley Motley
Title: How I Defend The Rule Of Law
Description: Every human deserves protection under their country’s laws — even when that law is forgotten or ignored. Sharing three cases from her international legal practice, Kimberley Motley, an American litigator practicing in Afghanistan and elsewhere, shows how a country’s own laws can bring both justice and “justness”: using the law for its intended purpose, to protect.

Speaker 5: Sarah Jones
Title: What Does The Future Hold?
Description: Sarah Jones changes personas with the simplest of wardrobe swaps. In a laugh-out-loud improvisation, she invites 11 “friends” from the future on stage—from a fast-talking Latina to an outspoken police officer—to ask them questions supplied by the TED2014 audience.


Commonwealth Club TV Series:

Belva Davis
Monday, February 2nd at 1:00 PM & 7:00 PM; Tuesday, February 2nd at 1:00 AM & 7:00 AM
Raised in a dysfunctional family in Louisiana and the Bay Area, Davis rose through the black radio industry, became the first black female reporter west of the Mississippi with her hiring at KPIX, and eventually anchored KQED’s “Evening Edition,” the station’s nightly news show. Davis will discuss her extraordinary journey, personal and professional.

Arts in the Schools: African American Artists of Monterey County
Monday, February 2nd at 4:00 PM & 10:00 PM; Tuesday, February 3rd at 4:00 AM & 10:00 AM; Thursday, February 5th at 1:00 PM & 7:00 PM; Friday, February 6th at 1:00 AM & 7:00 AM
The Arts in the Schools series proudly spotlights African-American honors students involved in performing arts in Monterey County.

Commonwealth Club TV: General Colin Powell
Monday, February 9th at 1:00 PM & 7:00 PM; Tuesday, February 10th at 1:00 AM & 7:00 AM
Throughout his decades of service to the country, General Powell has kept his private life out of the limelight. Now, in his new book, It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership, Powell is opening up to reveal the important principles that guided his journey from being the son of Jamaican immigrants to becoming chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the first African-American secretary of state. He will reveal the foundations for achievement and leadership that worked for him and can help make others’ dreams come true, too.

Local Legends: Helen Rucker
Monday, February 9th at 4:00 PM & 10:00 PM; Tuesday, February 10th at 4:00 AM & 10:00 AM; Thursday, February 12th at 1:00 PM & 7:00 PM; Friday, February 13th at 1:00 AM & 7:00 AM
Helen Rucker, a lifelong educator and community activist, discusses race, politics and the importance of knowing our ancestral history.

Commonwealth Club TV: Dr. Otis Brawley
Monday, February 16th at 1:00 PM & 7:00 PM; Tuesday, February 17th at 1:00 AM & 7:00 AM
Finance, Brawley asserts, is inextricably linked to health care in America’s current system. Even the very procedures patients undergo, he says, are frequently determined more by doctors’ expected payment for performing them than their actual appropriateness in mitigating the ailment with which the patient is afflicted. Brawley will discuss the extent of this problem as well as possible solutions.

The Nine Who Made a Difference
Monday, February 16th at 4:00 PM & 10:00 PM; Tuesday, February 17th at 4:00 AM & 10:00 AM; Thursday, February 19th at 1:00 PM & 7:00 PM; Friday, February 20th at 1:00 AM & 7:00 AM
On May 27, 1958, Ernest Green (one of the “Little Rock nine”) became the first African-American to graduate from Central High School. Central High School National Historic Site commemorates the events that surrounded the crisis of 1957. It has been 50 years since the desegregation of Central High School. Join the rangers and other special guests of this national historic site to examine the issues and compelling stories that have evolved from the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School.

Commonwealth Club TV: John Hope Bryant
Monday, February 23rd at 1:00 PM & 7:00 PM; Tuesday, February 24th at 1:00 AM & 7:00 AM
As a 26-year-old upstart at a thriving local business firm, Bryant realized his lifes mission as he witnessed the Los Angeles riots. Since then, his speeches have inspired many people and his personal philosophy aims to help everyone become a better leader, using love and respect. Bryant, the founder and CEO of Operation HOPE, a nonprofit organization that aims to eliminate poverty through its Silver Rights Movement, has shown how leaders can make lasting positive change. In fact, Bryant has raised more than $500 million for these causes. Through a business perspective, Bryant will explain how to lead in todays economy by combating a fear-based world and focusing on giving. He will demonstrate his five secrets to personal success by helping others. Bryants latest book and national bestseller, Love Leadership, is a testimony to his success in business by leading through love, and a call to others to do the same.

Voices and Visions: Langston Hughes
Monday, February 23rd at 4:00 PM & 10:00 PM; Tuesday, February 24th at 4:00 AM & 10:00 AM; Thursday, February 26th at 1:00 PM & 7:00 PM; Friday, February 27th at 1:00 AM & 7:00 AM
Hughes wrote of the beauty, dignity, and heritage of blacks in America. Interviews, music, and dance performances convey his work and influence, discussed by James Baldwin and biographer Arnold Rampersad.

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