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Writers LIVE! Celeste Headlee, Speaking of Race: Why Everybody Needs to Talk About Racism - and How to Do It

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Presented in partnership with Baltimore Festival of Jewish Literature, The Jewish Community Center of Greater BaltimoreBaltimore Hebrew Institute, and The Jewish Museum of Maryland.

Celeste Headlee will be in conversation with Persia Nicole about her work and new book, Speaking of Race: Why Everybody Needs to Talk About Racism - and How to Do It.

Celeste Headlee is an award-winning journalist, professional speaker and the author of We Need To Talk: How To Have Conversations That Matter, and Do Nothing: How to Break Away from Overworking, Overdoing, and Underliving. An expert in conversation, human nature, reclaiming our common humanity and finding well-being, Celeste frequently provides insight on what is good for all humans and what is bad for us, focusing on the best research in neuro and social science to increase understanding of how we relate with one another and can work together in beneficial ways in our workplaces, neighborhoods, communities and homes. She is a regular guest host on NPR and American Public Media and a highly sought consultant, advising companies around the world on conversations about race, diversity and inclusion. Her TEDx Talk sharing 10 ways to have a better conversation has over 23 million total views, and she serves as an advisory board member for and The Listen First Project. Celeste is the recipient of the 2019 Media Changemaker Award. She is the proud granddaughter of composer William Grant Still, the Dean of African American Composers. 

Persia Nicole has been dominating the airwaves for over 10 years starting in her native city Washington, DC and is currently the midday host on 92.3 WERQ in one of the top radio markets Baltimore, MD. Persia also does weekly entertainment on Baltimore’s local new station FOX 45.

Persia has interviewed some of the biggest in the industry. Megan Thee Stallion, Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar, Missy Elliott, and Brandy to name a few.

Throughout her career she has also worked with some of the biggest companies from Jeep, Avion Tequila, BET, Coca Cola, Xfinity, and T-Mobile. Persia has also collaborated with Nordstrom to launch her bracelet line Beads By Persia.

Persia’s biggest goal is to empower those who feel like they’re powerless. Check out the latest trends on

Order your copy of Speaking of Race: Why Everybody Needs to Talk About Racism—and How to Do It from the Ivy Bookshop.

ASL interpretation will be available for attendees.

Writers LIVE programs are supported in part by a bequest from The Miss Howard Hubbard Adult Programming Fund.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at 7:00pm

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Writers LIVE!, Writing @ the Pratt, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Virtual Event

Age Group

Adults, Seniors

Compass Category

Writers LIVE at the Library

Event Publisher

Emily Levine, Manager of Adult Services

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