STRAIGHT TALK: Black/ Brown Building on a Broken America


DuSable Museum and National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture Feature Joint Event: “STRAIGHT TALK”


Headlines to headlines, we read about the many challenges, especially our young people in Chicago are faced with in this era of uncertainty. For us, it’s unacceptable. That is why, in an unprecedented move, the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture and the DuSable Museum have partnered in a timely, yet provocative discussion: STRAIGHT TALK: Black/ Brown Building on a Broken America. Featuring the renown lecturer, writer and civil rights activist, Felipe Luciano, who addressed students and discussed issues they face around Black and Brown Unity.

Billy Ocasio, CEO of the NMPRAC said, “I am proud to partner with the DuSable Museum in an educational lecture on how we must all be treated with dignity and respect. Society has looked at us as different, and while our traditions, culture, language, hair and skin color may look different, inside we are the same; we are part of the human race. I believe things can improve in our society if we learn how to value, appreciate and celebrate our differences as well as shared experiences.”

Students were selected from various high schools to be a part of something new, creative and timely in Chicago. This session took place, on October 21, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture. Students heard first-hand the struggles they face from a person who also faced those same challenges as an Afro-Latino teen and survived to share his message and to answer questions.

It is our hope that in these tough times in Chicago, our students will be able to connect, think and dream of their future. Luciano focused on adolescent challenges as well as the young students need for cultural coalition. “Young people need inspiration and guidance, not hatred and condemnation”, said Felipe Luciano.

In addition to this student event, a lecture at the DuSable Museum took place with over 300 Latino and African Americans in the audience who listened, laughed and clapped to a profound lecture from Felipe Luciano.

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