TEDxNaperville Invites to the Stage, Daryl Davis … the Only Known African American to Receive a Certificate of Friendship from the KKK

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As featured on Real Time with Bill Maher this week, TEDxNaperville invites to the stage, Daryl Davis … the only known African American to receive a certificate of friend

We bring a very unique and diverse group of thought leaders to entertain and challenge your perceptions

The focus of the documentary "Accidental Courtesy", Blues musician Daryl Davis is the only known African American to receive a certificate of friendship from the KKK. As an unorthodox racial conversationalist, working to solve racial divide, Daryl engages members of the Ku Klux Klan and changes their lives. At TEDxNaperville Daryl will share about his approach to America's racial tensions ~ the offering of friendship in the face of hatred.

About TEDxNaperville
TEDxNaperville is an annual freethinking conference that brings the brightest minds of Chicagoland and beyond to Naperville. Held Nov. 10 from 1pm-7pm at the Yellow Box, Naperville, TEDxNaperville is a series of talks presenting a great or provocative idea in 18 minutes or less.

Since its inaugural conference in 2010, TEdxNaperville has become one of the longest-running independent TEDx conferences in the Midwest with well over 1 million talk views and thousands of previous attendees. “We bring a very unique and diverse group of thought leaders to entertain and challenge your perceptions,” says TEDxNaperville founder and curator Arthur Zards.

Some of the other speakers at TEDxNaperville this year include:

  •     Lynne Franklin, communicator so persuasive, she once talked her way out of being held hostage by a person with a machete.
  •     Dr. Volker Rose, nanoscale materials physicist, who uses the cutting edge technology to solve some of the greatest mysteries in the world of art.
  •     Robert Renteria, a civil right leader, whose story is an inspirational book, a comic book, a coloring book, and even a play.
  •     Subhi Hinda, pop jazz artist, once a Wall Street employee, now writing music by fusing jazz and Hindi
  •     Dr. Ed Ellison, CEO of the Southeast Permanente Medical Group, who is re-inventing how doctors work and train.

For more information on other speakers and to register, go to http://www.TEDxNaperville.com or connect to us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
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.)

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.


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