TEDxHarlem founder Marcus Glover explaining why the event priced at $100 ticket – plus $16.55 in fees at the Apollo Theater is not “Elitist.”
“People are concerned this [is] a moment for the elite to swoop in, take photos on 125th Street and bounce,” Glover said. “Those suspicions are valid, but we have always had intentions to never allow this to be that event. This is about ideas on a grassroots level.”
Glover said he has already given away two-thirds of the 1,200 tickets, including blocks to local schools and others on Twitter. Democracy Prep Charter School, for example, received 100 free tickets, and its students are also participating in the conference.
Guest speakers from Harlem — include Seth Andrew, founder and superintendent of Democracy Prep; Peggy Shepard, co-founder and executive director of WE ACT for Environmental Justice; Marcus Samuelsson, owner of Red Rooster Harlem; and Thelma Golden, director and chief curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem.