The TEDxCapeMay Common Ground on Race talk by Logan Thomas promotes equality, unity and understanding.
Whether speaking to the #BlackLivesMatter movement and its origins or recounting how Black history is taught in American schools, the Middle Township High School senior, athlete and student council member reminds her audience that "behind the color of our skin, we are all the same." Thomas dives into the limitations of most school curriculums that provide only select teachings about Black history. She also spotlights the successes of public figures like Oprah, the first Black woman to own a television network or Barack Obama, America's first Black president while demonstrating that Black history is American history versus just a small facet of it.
Addressing how the color of one's skin can lead to various negative stereotypes and misconceptions surrounding race, Logan Thomas explains that real equality and change starts individually, requiring us to "pave our empathy, dialogue and communication among each other to begin a peaceful, unified walk toward common ground." She states that change needs to start now and that it should have started over 150 years ago -- urging allies and anyone with a platform to make room for diverse voices and to address racism, inequality and negative stereotypes head on.