2020 Virtual Events

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We were delighted to be joined by special guests Dexter Dias QC and Marcia Rigg to deepen our conversation about race and racial equity on 14 July.

When someone in state custody says I can’t breathe, their life is in mortal danger. But when a society doesn’t challenge the oxygen of racism that everyone breathes every day, the hope for racial justice and equality in that society is also in mortal danger.” Dexter Dias QC

Will the horrific death of George Floyd and the global Black Lives Matter protests be a turning-point in the struggle for racial justice? They can be – but only if we become anti racists and use our power and privilege as citizens to demand change in every one of our spheres of influence.

Marcia’s brother Sean Rigg died in police custody as a result of forcible restraint. She has spent the last 12 years campaigning for justice for Sean. 

Dexter is an award-winning international human rights barrister, part-time judge and prize-winning researcher at Cambridge and Harvard who for the past 30 years has represented the families of people of colour who have been killed in state custody.

Dexter Dias @DexterDiasQC

Marcia Rigg https://www.facebook.com/marcia.rigg.9

In June we invited human rights lawyer Dexter Dias QC to make a very welcome (virtual) return to TEDxExeter to explore the roots of racism, its painful consequences and how we can actively combat it together to work for racial equity.

We started by screening Dexter’s powerful new talk about racism and racial justice. The talk – which we recorded remotely –  is now live online. It features a powerful montage of friends, allies and activists proclaiming that #BlackLivesMatter.

Please watch and share it widely.

Huge gratitude to all of you who sent us videos for this powerful montage


TEDxExeter has always been about sharing powerful ideas, fostering meaningful connections and inspiring positive action, and we need those more than ever now. So, whilst we can’t gather in person, in May we launched TED Circles – an online gathering of our community to explore how we can live life to the full now.

We’d love you to join us for future TEDCircles@TEDxExeter events in 2021. If you are interested in finding out more please sign up here and we’ll send you all the details.

TEDCircles is a TED programme where people gather in small groups to watch a TED talk and share ideas, questions, takeaways and possible actions. From our experience piloting TEDCircles last Autumn, everyone who came really enjoyed the events, connecting with each other and being part of a conversation many others were also having in their communities, globally.