Diversity Month kick-off – a discussion with Daryl Davis

European Diversity Month in Estonia opens up on May 6 with a discussion night with Daryl Davis – a man who is living proof that humane communication can create seemingly impossible life changes. 

How to talk to someone who hates you? What if the reason for their hatred is the colour of your skin? How could such a conversation start a friendship? Daryl Davis, a black musician and anti-racist civic activist, who has attended Ku Klux Klan rallies, interacted with its members, and changed the beliefs of more than 200 people, can answer these questions. Davis’ starting point has been the idea that when two opposing parties talk to each other, they forget to fight. 

Daryl Davis, foto: Jonathan Timmes
Daryl Davis, Photo: Jonathan Timmes

His inspiring experience and tireless work have made him a welcomed performer on the TED stage as well as at universities and international conferences. As part of Diversity Month, we will also be able to hear his story, ask him questions, and find out how to overcome the differences that seem to keenly separate us.

The discussion will be led by Silver Tambur, founder and editor-in-chief of the Estonian World portal. In addition, all listeners will have the opportunity to ask Daryl Davis questions.

The event will take place online on May 6 from 4 pm to 5.30 pm EET. We will publish the link to the event in advance on social media, Facebook event and on the website of the Human Rights Centre.

Take a look how Daryl Davis talks about his friendship with a former KKK leader.

https://www.daryldavis.com

The event is supported by the U.S. Embassy in Estonia.

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