TEDx Talks wrote: Born premature to a mother in a wheelchair and labeled with a Slow Learning Disability at age 6, the odds were stacked against Chris McCord. In this short but powerful performance talk, McCord takes us on a journey of how dance helped him resist gang life and to becoming a respected community leader and mentor to African American boys susceptible to the dangers of inner city life.
Chris McCord serves as the Director of Men in Motion, a dance group comprised of 8-13 year old boys within Moving in the Spirit, a non-profit youth development program that uses dance as a vehicle to transform the lives of children living in Atlanta urban communities.
Growing up in the Moving in the Spirit program himself, Chris returned to the program as an instructor of Stepping Stones after graduating from Georgia State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and serving on the DeKalb County Police Force. Chris founded the Men in Motion program and Summer Camp. In addition, Chris has personally performed for the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, Studio Dion, Abundant Life Church, and with choreographer Nicole Liviertos.
In addition, Chris volunteers his personal time with Charis Community Housing, Adopt-a-Grandparent, Atlanta’s Special Citizens, and most recently traveled to the Township of Soweto in South Africa to work with young children.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx