TEDx Collier Heights hosts its inaugural event with the theme of “Atlanta Influences Everything”
TEDx Collier Heights presents its inaugural TEDx event Saturday, August 17 from 10:00am-2:00pm at Frederick Douglass High School.
Scheduled to take place on Marcus Garvey’s 132h birthday, the inaugural event will feature several speakers who will discuss various topics, for 8-17 minutes each, surrounding the shared theme of “Atlanta Influences Everything,” including community, culture, criminal justice, finances, hip-hop, government, and more.
Collier Heights is a neighborhood in the southwest corner of Atlanta, Georgia. It is bordered to the west by Fairburn Road, the east by Hamilton E. Holmes Drive, the north by Donald L. Hollowell Parkway, and to the south by Interstate 20 bridge at Linkwood Road. It is one of the first communities in the nation built exclusively by African-American planners for the upcoming Atlanta African-American middle class and has been featured in several national publications such as Ebony and Jet magazines, as well as featured in the “Homefinder” section of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
In 2008 Collier Heights began its quest to become the first community in the nation to be registered as a Historic Site, listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places. On June 23, 2009 the community achieved its goal. The community achieved local historic designation in June 2013. The neighborhood was founded in 1948 and boasts several famous and history making homeowners, such as Martin Luther King, Sr; noted Civil Rights Attorney, Donald Hollowell; Ralph David and Juanita Abernathy, and Christine King Farris. Collier Heights is also home to several prominent figures, such as U.S. Congresswoman and Presidential nominee from the Green Party, Cynthia McKinney; television actor Emmanuel Lewis from the “Webster” television series; Georgia House of Representative Member, Billy McKinney; Attorney and former State Senator, Leroy Johnson; television actress Jasmine Guy from Diff’rent World; and Asa G. Yancey, Sr., one of the first African American doctors in Georgia. Herman Russell, Contractor and civic leader.
TEDx Collier Heights has brought together a group of Atlanta natives who have actively worked to improve the city through their respective professors and interests; speakers include:
– Odie Donald, City Manager for the City of South Fulton, Georgia
– Dr. Taj Anwar Baoll, sociologist, veteran community organizer and activist
– Dr. Joycelyn Wilson, anthropologist and professor of hip-hop studies
– Richard Dunn, culture, community, commerce strategist
– Dr. Nicole Garner Scott, serial entrepreneur and financial consultant
– Bem Joiner, culture curator and owner of “Atlanta Influencers Everything”
– Zachary “Big Zak” Wallance, songwriter and owner of Local Greens
– Lisa Cunningham, producer/director and member of the inaugural LGBTQ for the city of Atlanta
An independently organized TEDx event in Atlanta, Georgia, TEDx CollierHeights’ will explore the southern city with a population that has proven capacity to have an effect on the character, development, and behavior of everything on a local, national, and global scale.
“Collier Heights has had a significant impact on not just on the city, but the country as well. Residents of Collier Heights have influenced art, culture, and government. In an age where everything is at our finger-tips it was important for me to share this cultural jewel with a generation who may not know and pay homage to those who paved the way,” said Ann Hill-Bond, Licensee & Curator for TEDx CollierHeights.
In 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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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.)