"Why Sharing Your Story is Important.", Speaker: LeRon L. Barton, West Region Virtual Meeting (Asheville & Fayetteville)
Presentation and takeaways:
Even in settings with multiple people and identities, the general narrative is still dominated by whiteness. This can often lead minoritized people from thinking that their stories and experiences aren’t important. In this talk, LeRon Barton will discuss why storytelling is important to changing the dominant narrative, how it empowers us, and inspires others to share their stories when we share ours.
LeRon L. Barton is a writer from Kansas City, Missouri currently living in San Diego, CA. A graduate of Paseo Academy of Fine Arts, LeRon is the author of two books, Straight Dope: A 360 degree look into American Drug Culture and All We Really Need Is Love: Stories of Dating, Relationships, Heartbreak, and Marriage. In addition to his books, LeRon is an essayist whose topics cover racism, mass incarceration, politics, gender, and dating. These works have appeared in Black Enterprise, Salon, Harvard Business Review, The Good Men Project, Your Tango, Media Diversity, Raconteur, Elephant Journal, Slate, and MoAD. LeRon is an international speaker who has given multiple talks and appeared on TEDx, Al Jazeera, the University of San Francisco, Navis, Speakers Who Dare, University of Massachusetts-Amhurst, Nas Dubai, Glide Memorial Church, HCA, The City of Cupertino, Los Altos Chamber of Commerce, Square, Lockton, United Way of Los Angeles, and Defy Ventures. In his spare time, LeRon enjoys mentoring African-American youth and backpacking around the world.
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