The Black Girls That Aren’t Black Enough
TEDxYouth@Wilmington :: Agents of Change :: April 2nd 2017

Maya Showell

Morgan Taylor Thornton

“So far in my TEDx experience, I have had a variety of thoughts. This process started about two months ago when my old Leadership teacher, Mrs. Kampert, from Ursuline posted on the alumnae page about the potential to give a TEDx talk. Morgan and I sent in our interest and had a meeting with Mrs. Kampert. We presented a rough outline of our idea regarding the impact of labels on us and how that changes our perceptions and society. She shared great enthusiasm for our talk idea and sent us further information regarding the application. Amazingly, we were approved and gratefully accepted the invitation. We are now in the process of putting together our more detailed version of our rough outline. We are on a great stride and I am sure we will have everything together in a timely manner.

To be honest, Morgan and I were under the impression that we would be contacted by a TEDx mentor to help us along this journey, but recently we were informed that we needed to contact a mentor if we wanted one. We were a little shaken by that realization and decided to go own as much as we could as just the two of us working on it. We do wish that it was a little more clearer, but overall it hasn’t affected too much. We are turning in our more detailed outline soon. We are so excited to be a part of this experience and are so grateful for the opportunity. Overall, TEDx has been super open to us and receptive of our concerns and thoughts! Thank you so much; we really appreciate it! Let’s continue this journey as effectively and efficiently as possible! ”

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Maya Showell is currently a freshman Psychology major at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she aspires to also include a minor in Spanish. Maya graduated from her alma mater Ursuline Academy in 2016. Upon graduation, Maya received the Neilia Hunter Biden award for qualities shown through service to her country, community, and fellow Americans. Being a pioneer of kindness and change in the world is what keeps her going. Through volunteering with organizations such as Special Olympics Delaware, Girls on the Run, and the Dude Be Nice Ambassador program, Maya is able to spread her message of acceptance, unity, and expression. Making a positive impact on someone’s life is always the main goal!
Morgan Taylor Thornton is a student at Delaware State University where she majors in Mass Communications. As a young child, Morgan has always had a passion for people and being an agent of positive change. She has worked to promote a message of compassion and unity among all people from all different communities in our world through her community service and leadership initiatives. As Tupac Shakur once said, “I am not saying that I am going to change the world, but I can guarantee that I will spark the brain that will.” Morgan is a proud alumna of Ursuline Academy as well as a devout volunteer with Special Olympics Delaware.                     INFO + TICKETS