MLK Convocation presents Lt. Col. Consuelo Kickbusch and a week of events, including Poet Regie Gibson

By: Buff Lindau

consuelo kickbuschThe 22nd annual Martin Luther King Jr Convocation at Saint Michael's College features Lt. Col. Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch, national immigrants' rights advocate, speaking on "Fighting the Good Fight: The Power of Ethics, Commitment and Leadership in the Pursuit of Justice," on Monday, Jan. 20, at 4:30 p.m. in the Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel. The public is invited to attend this program honoring Dr. King, and programs on Jan. 21, 22, and 24. 

Lt. Col. Kickbusch, a major player in the immigrants' rights campaign, has been an officer in the U.S. Army for two decades. She has broken barriers and set records in the military, where she has become the highest ranking Hispanic woman in the Combat Support Field of the Army. She founded Educational Achievement Services which is dedicated to preparing tomorrow's leaders. 

Additional activities honoring Dr. King

Tuesday, January 21

"Where do we go from here? The Challenge of Inequality in the Post-Civil Rights Era," a faculty panel at 7 p.m. in the McCarthy Arts Center. Panelists are Bill Grover (political science), Tara Natarajan (anthropology), and Laurie Gagne (peace and justice), with moderator Traci Griffith (journalism). 

Wednesday, January 22, Movie: Freedom Writers at 7 p.m. in Cheray Hall.

regie gibsonFriday, January 24, Slam Poetry Workshop led by poet, lecturer, Regie Gibson from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Eddie's Lounge, Alliot Student Center and The Second Annual Spoken Word Competition hosted by Regie Gibson at 7 p.m. in the McCarthy Arts Center.

About Consuelo Kickbusch

(from her website):

Born and raised along the border in a small barrio in Laredo, Texas, Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch is all too familiar with the challenges of poverty, discrimination and illiteracy. Although she grew up without material wealth, Consuelo was taught by her immigrant parents that she was rich in culture, tradition, values and faith.

When the opportunity arose to assume a command post, Consuelo shocked the military by deciding to retire. She chose to honor her mother's dying wish - for her to return to her roots and become a community leader. In 1996, Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch founded the human development company, Educational Achievement Services, Inc. (EAS, Inc.), to fulfill her mission of preparing tomorrow's leaders.

Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch has been profiled on CNN's Latino in America, Univision's Don Francisco Presenta, the Lifetime Network, National Public Radio, the syndicated television program Hispanics Today, and American Latino Television's Latination program. Consuelo has also been featured in Hispanic Business magazine's 100 Most Influential Hispanics in America, O Magazine, LatinaStyle, Vanidades, and Glamour magazine.

About Poet Regie Gibson

Poet, songwriter, author, workshop facilitator, and educator Regie Gibson has performed, taught, and lectured at schools, universities, theaters and various other venues on two continents and in seven countries, including The Art Institute of Chicago, Harvard University's Longfellow Hall for the Cambridge Poetry Festival, and Chicago's Steppenwolf Theater's award-winning Traffic Series with David Amram, which included a collaboration with Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. He has worked with artists such as Gwendolyn Brooks, Yosef Komunyakaa, Lisel Mueller, The Last Poets, Amiri Baraka, Kurt Vonnegut, members of the world famous Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, and Hip Hop artist Mos Def. He has taught, lectured and facilitated workshops for the Cambridge Poetry Festival at Harvard University, the Poetry Center of the Art Institute of Chicago, Detroit Black Writers Guild, and the University of Chicago Lab School. In 1998, Gibson was the National Poetry Slam Individual Champion and won the Chicago Tribune's Artist of the Year for Excellence for his poetry. In 1999, Regie founded the Church of The Funky Word, a literary and musical arts ensemble utilizing ancient, contemporary and original literary text combined with world music and rituals from various world cultures. Widely published in anthologies, magazines and journals, he released his first full-length book of poetry, Storms Beneath The Skin (EM Press) in 2001. He partnered with renowned percussionist and composer Kahil El Zabar (composer of the musical The Lion King) for his own piece "Hey Nappyhead," which appeared in the New Line Cinema film Love Jones, based largely on events in his life.

Program organized by the Martin Luther King Junior Society and the MLK Convocation Committee, and sponsored by  the following Saint Michael's College offices: Student Life, Health Services, Multicultural Programming Committee, Student Activities, Diversity Coalition, and VP for Academic Affairs.

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