USD Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month with Guest Speaker Michael Reyes

Michael Reyes Michael Reyes will speak at the National Hispanic Heritage Month celebration on Oct. 11.

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Center for Diversity and Community (CDC) presents Michael Reyes as the National Hispanic Heritage Month keynote speaker on Thursday, Oct. 11 in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Reyes will host a workshop that focuses on writing for social justice, pulling from his background as a poet and activist, in the Muenster University Center room 219 from 3-4 p.m. The keynote presentation will be a performance of his work, sharing Latinx cultural identity, scheduled for 7-9 p.m. in Farber Hall, located inside Old Main.

Reyes is a Chicano/Mexicano poet, emcee, actor, playwright, artist and community organizer (specializing in youth development). For more than 12 years he has brought innovative and engaging performance to audiences across America and internationally.

“We are very excited to have Mr. Reyes join us on campus to share his powerful words as a spoken word poet and important figure in the fight for social justice,” said James Cooper, CDC intercultural program coordinator. “His experience as a speaker, artist, activist and organizer will be invaluable to the USD community.”

A leading voice in progressive and radical music, Reyes combines cultural stories of resistance, raw hip-hop and inspiring poems to reach youth and elders alike. His work challenges and confronts the many social ills faced by communities of color.

National Hispanic Heritage Month at USD is a month to celebrate Latino and Hispanic cultures and their rich heritage in the United States and around the globe.

“Latino-Hispanic Student Organization, along with the CDC, have put on events throughout the month to introduce the USD community to the importance of recognizing cultural diversity and celebrating it together,” Cooper said.

The event is free and open to the public. 

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