‘Use Your Power,’ Grace Tells Breakfast Attendees
At MLK Breakfast, Nielsen VP urged audience to move past fear and start thinking collectively
(excerpt from article by Christen McCurdy of The Skanner News)
Twenty-two Oregon students received scholarships Monday morning at The Skanner Foundation’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Breakfast – the highest number in the foundation’s history.
About 1,000 people gathered Monday at the assembled crowd of 1,000 at the Red Lion Hotel on the River on Hayden Island for the breakfast, which was keynoted by Cheryl Grace, the senior vice president of U.S. strategic community alliances and consumer engagement at Nielsen. Mayor Ted Wheeler, Gov. Kate Brown and Daisy Santos, corporate trainer at Northwest Natural all shared brief remarks at the beginning of the event, as did representatives from several sponsoring organizations.
“I cannot recall a time in our history more urgent than right now. Our nation is at a crossroads,” Wheeler said. “Now more than ever, we must take Dr. King’s words to heart.”
Grace started her keynote address with a five-question survey about Black culture. After asking the audience to fill in the blanks on the aphorism “Black don’t crack” and asking where Black people go for therapy (church), Grace remarked her adult son knew the answer to every single one of the questions on the list, even though she didn’t recall explicitly teaching him any of them.
“Black culture is bigger than all of us,” Grace said. “Being Black is kind of cool.” http://www.theskanner.com/n...