Yes, it was hot and crowded in the classroom and the audio didn’t work as planned. These things were lamented briefly, but then quickly forgotten. Because Rebecca Walker was a force.
That human thing
First, she was so totally human. This is a questionable thing to say about someone in the public eye, because it sounds cliche and obvious. We are all doing the human thing. But Rebecca made us all feel like friends.
She answered questions with careful, often silent deliberation that made the connection she built with the people in the room feel sincere. She was alternatively funny and somber, always transparent. She also asked us questions, which brought everyone together by a show of hands. We could see how many of us were children of divorce, or who moved a lot, or who had parents of different religions. Continue reading