Darius Baxter [ Artist + Writer + Community Organizer + Philanthropist ]
Darius is the Chief Engagement Officer and Co-Founder of GOODProjects.
"I was nine years old when my Father was shot. Consequently, my brother and I were homeless as my mother struggled to take care of us on her own. Luckily, I was able to get a scholarship to Georgetown due to my talent for football, and my mother instilling the importance of education in me.
There, I majored in Women’s and Gender Studies with a concentration in Globalization and Poverty. I also participated in a number of initiatives geared towards closing the education, equality, and income gap domestically in D.C. Public Schools and abroad with the charities CARE and Childfund International.
This led me to work on Capitol Hill for Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC). I worked with the committee that drafted important gun control legislation, and the language I wrote was placed into the Congressional Record.
As a result, I have made it my life's mission to help those from disadvantaged backgrounds, like myself, to get the education they need to accomplish their dreams."
"After my father was gunned down, I committed my life to ridding my community of the constant threats of violence I feared growing up. I want to provide opportunities to young people so they never have to go through what I did at such a young age. I believe that if invested in properly and provided the right guidance, every person in underserved communities has the potential to be something special".
April 14th, 2019 | Season 1 | 1 hr 3 mins
america, conversation, culture, david brooks, goodprojects, gun violence, history, human, humanity, interview, lisa fitzpatrick, love, politics, science, society, sxsw, sxsw edu, washington, world
Live from SXSW EDU, Anuj Rastogi sits down with Darius Baxter, co-founder of GOODProjects based in Washington DC. Darius shared the stage as the opening keynote in SXSW EDU 2019. He is an incredibly inspiring leader, and shares his personal journey from tragically losing his father at age 9, to being raised by a strong mother, and the choices he made between pursuing a Wall Street career and serving the community, modern political life in America, inspiring new generations, and being the change in action.
one of the country's most prolific event producers, as well as a talented author, speaker and poet. Anuj and Dwayne dive deep into many important territories, from Race, the experience of being black in this world, creating spaces and platforms for others to shine, being a man, fatherhood, sociopolitical polarization, the importance of self love, and paying it forward.