By: Tasha Taylor
Date: March 2, 2015
NAMIC Philadelphia’s first event of 2015 featured renowned Comedian, Author, and Entrepreneur, Baratunde Thurston, CEO and co-founder of Cultivated Wit.
More than 70 people attended the event, part of NAMIC Philadelphia’s Black History Month festivities, and Baratunde delivered an engaging lecture revealing personal and professional stories about his life, including his mother’s early political influence at eight years old with the book This is Aparthide, and his grandmother, Lorraine Martin, who was the first African American employee to work in the Supreme Court Building.
He also shared his experience of entering the telecom consulting industry after graduating from Harvard, transitioning to digital director at the satirical news outlet The Onion, and writing New York Times best-seller How To Be Black. How To Be Black is a personal memoir and comedic how-to-guide that offers practical advice on “How to Be The Black Friend,” “How to Be The (Next) Black President,” “How to Be The Black Employee,” and “How to Celebrate Black History Month.”
Baratunde’s lecture sparked an equally engaging question and answer session among the audience about race relations in America.
Angel Arocho, NAMIC Philadelphia’s newest Chapter President, provided opening remarks and introduced the chapter’s new board members. Angel also acknowledged chapter advisors and presented Yasmine Ndassa, former NAMIC Philadelphia Chapter President, with the Chapter Leadership Award.