LeDerick Horne Keynote Address “Beyond Classification” and Reception

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Date and Time

  • Tuesday, October 6, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Mother Rosalie Hill Hall

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




5-6 pm: Keynote address “Beyond Classification” by LeDerick Horne

Warren Auditorium, Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, University of San Diego

This event is made possible through the support of the Johnson Family Foundation in collaboration with the University of San Diego’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences and the Department of Learning and Teaching as part of the Johnson Education Fellows Program.

LeDerick Horne's keynote presentation provides strategies for increasing the academic performance, self-determination, and self-advocacy skills of students with disabilities. As an entrepreneur and performance poet with a learning disability who has worked as an advocate on the national, state and local level, LeDerick Horne provides a unique prospective on education reform and issues related to creating a more equitable society. This emotionally stirring talk offers moving verses and empowering information that will prepare the audience to challenge stereotypes, rethink pedagogy and improve the lives of people with disabilities.

6-6:45 pm: Reception and CD/book signing, West Plaza Mother Rosalie Hill Hall

The event is open to the public. We welcome teachers, school leaders, and other community members interested in issues of equity and diversity.

About the speaker:

Labeled as neurologically impaired in third grade, LeDerick Horne defies any and all labels. He’s a dynamic spoken-word poet, a tireless advocate for all people with disabilities, and an inspiring motivational speaker. He is a bridge-builder between learners and leaders across the U.S. and around the world. As an African-American husband and father he serves as a role model for all races, genders, and generations. The grandson of one of New Jersey’s most prominent civil rights leaders, LeDerick uses his gift for spoken-word poetry as the gateway to larger discussions on equal opportunity, pride, self-determination and hope for people with disabilities. His workshops, keynote speeches, and performances reach thousands of students, teachers, legislators, policy makers, business leaders, and service providers each year. He regularly addresses an array of academic, government, social, and business groups, including appearances at the White House, the United Nations, Harvard University, the National Association of State Directors of Special Education, and the Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Nevada, and Alabama State Departments of Education. His work addresses the challenges of all disabilities, uniting the efforts of diverse groups in order to achieve substantive, systemic change.

For more information, visit LeDerick Horne's website.