Darnell L. Moore, journalist, educator, LGBTQ advocate, to speak at Brooklyn High School for graduation ceremony
Darnell L. Moore, the Brooklyn-based motivational speaker, educator, journalist and LGBTQ advocate, will be the speaker for the 2016 graduating class of Brooklyn Community Services’ Brooklyn High School for Leadership & Community Service (BHSLCS) on June 24 at St. Joseph’s College, 245 Clinton Ave. in Brooklyn.
BHSLCS, located in Clinton Hill, is a joint venture between the New York City Department of Education and Brooklyn Community Services. It’s a transfer high school for over-age, under-credited youth ages 16-21, who have either fallen behind in high school or dropped out.
BHSLCS offers challenging, personalized education that empowers young people to be fully participating community members, leaders and lifelong learners. Students earn a Regents diploma and are encouraged to transition to either college or a career.
“I’m advising the students to follow your passion. To chase it down and all else will follow. We are taught to chase the dollar, but chase your dreams and you will end up receiving more than a laborer’s wage,” explained Moore, a senior editor and correspondent at Mic and co-managing editor of The Feminist Wire. “You’ll receive a surplus only known to dreamers.”
A dynamic educator, Moore was a visiting scholar at Yale’s Divinity School and New York University. He taught at Rutgers University, Fordham University, City College of New York City and Vassar College and is presently a Writer-In-Residence at Columbia University’s Center on African American Religion, Sexuality and Social Justice.
Together with openly gay former NFL player Wade Davis II, Moore co-founded the YOU Belong Initiative for LGBTQ youth and their allies around the country. The YOU Belong diversity initiative, which includes a sports and leadership camp, is a proactive response to the need for increased safe spaces for young LGBTQ people, especially in sports environments.
“The Orlando tragedy was a horrific reminder that we must love and protect LGBTQ people of color who fight through racism, homophobia, sexism and much else every day,” pointed out Moore, who is a board member of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at CUNY. “We can’t mourn their losses if we failed to love them fiercely while they were alive.”
Moore is a prolific writer and has been published in various media outlets, including MSNBC, The Guardian, Huffington Post, EBONY, The Advocate, OUT Magazine, Gawker, Truth and Out. He holds a bachelor’s degree in social and behavioral science from Seton Hall University and a master’s in theological studies from Princeton Theological Seminary.