|Bridgétt with friend, Esther Wan, at the Belafonte lecture.|
Belafonte spoke with such gusto that it startled me. I am sure keeping enthusiasm at that high of a level becomes more difficult with age. Belafonte spoke as if the Civil Rights movement was going on right now and I was really moved by his talk.
Going to the Harry Belafonte lecture was the history lesson I never got in grade school. Belafonte's talk addressed civil rights issues in the 60s to present day concerns. Unlike a regular old history lesson though, Belafonte’s talk was a call to action. He didn't just talk about what problems we are suffering from, he gave suggestions on how to improve ourselves and in turn improve our communities. I always look forward to speakers that are part of the Mondavi Center’s Speaker Series and Belafonte was probably one of my top five favorite events thus far.
The Mondavi Center’s Distinguished Speaker Series continues on February 12 with author Isabel Wilkerson and on May 18 with This American Life host Ira Glass. The conversation with Glass will be moderated by Daniel Handler aka Lemony Snicket. Visit mondaviarts.org for details.
Bridgétt Rangel-Rexford is the winner of the 2012–13 winner of the Mondavi Center Golden Ticket Social Media Contest. Chosen to be the social media storyteller for our 10th anniversary season, Bridgétt will blog about her experiences at Mondavi Center performances throughout the season. You can also check out her Sun Queen Blog.