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Bronzeville, Near South Side

TEDxGrandBoulevard Wants To Change Your Perception Of The South Side

A dynamic speaker series that will include author Lee Bey is coming to the DuSable Museum next month.

Lee Bey

GRAND BOULEVARD — For the first time, TEDx Talks is coming to the South Side.

TEDxGrandBoulevard will kick off its inaugural event March 2 at the DuSable Museum with a roster of hometown notables, including Lee Bey, the noted architecture critic and author of “Southern Exposure: The Overlooked Architecture of Chicago’s South Side.”

Organizer Valerie Reynolds wanted to feature speakers who showcase Bronzeville’s rich and storied history, which, according to Reynolds, is often overlooked as most other TEDx events take place Downtown or on the North Side.

“I wanted to shed a light on a lot of good things that are coming out of the South Side to shift the narrative of violence,” Reynolds said. “You have people all the way at the top of the government talking about violence on the South Side. There’s a human narrative happening internationally with people who don’t realize that there’s much more good happening here that we don’t see in mass media.”

The theme of the talk is Onward! — paying homage to Grand Boulevard (now renamed Martin Luther King Drive), the major thoroughfare spanning the neighborhoods Black trailblazers once called home.

Reynolds credits local philanthropist Brian P. Starr, president-elect of the Corporate Responsibility Group of Chicago, and YWCA Chicago with helping her produce next month’s event. She hopes the series will draw enough support to bring it back next year.

In addition to Bey, the other speakers are entrepreneur TandemSpring CEO Monika Black; Renetta McCann, chief talent officer at Leo Burnett; Leslé Honoré, poet and author of “Fist & Fire;” Chrishon Lampley, founder of LCS Entertainment; and Leon Walker, managing partner of DL3 Realty.

The program runs 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 2 at DuSable Museum, 740 E. 56th Place. Early bird tickets are $25 and general admission tickets are $30.

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events created to give people a TED-like experience. While the TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, TEDx events are planned by licensed organizers.

RELATED: Lee Bey Chronicles South Side’s Architectural Beauty In ‘Southern Exposure’ — Something Black Chicagoans Have Long Celebrated

Pascal Sabino is a Report for America corps member covering Austin, North Lawndale and Garfield Park for Block Club Chicago.

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