Grammy-Winning Musician Keyon Harrold: Racism and Work

June 09, 2021

How should organizations support employees who experience racist incidents in their personal lives and how can those kinds of experiences affect their work?

In December 2020, jazz trumpeter Keyon Harrold and his teenage son, who are Black, were attacked by a white woman who falsely accused Harrold’s son of stealing her smartphone. Captured on video, the incident made worldwide headlines as an example of racial profiling.

Harrold tells host Porter Braswell about the response he received from the music industry and how that incident has changed his career.

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