The Video Of Marcus Speaking at the United Nations


For real.

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Here’s what we said:

Listening to Self-Advocates: Relate, Respond, and Amplify

(Marcus parts in bold)

Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m Marcus Wright Sikora.

I wrote a book called Black Day: The Monster Rock Band.

I’m a storyteller, an actor, and a singer.

I’m glad to be here with people from around the world  

talking about Down Syndrome.

New York City is my favorite.

This is my mom, Mardra. She’s a writer, too.

Hello.

Marcus and Moving Mountains

PJs and SchoolThis last Tuesday Marcus and I travelled to Bennington, NE. We shared the animated short and book Black Day: The Monster Rock Band with the students. The kids were all in their pajamas as it was “pajama day.” And also Dr. Seuss week. So the PTO invited a local author in to tell his story. 

Big Kids Classes

Also, with the “big kids” Marcus and I talked about what makes a good story, the importance of set,

Marcus’ Big Announcement #1

You know what didn’t cross my mind in those hours after my son was born and nurses spoke in hushed tones while a social service worker hovered outside my hospital room…when certain family members chose to scoff at certain other family member’s expression of love over doom?

The United Nations.

WDSD16On June 20th, 1990, I did not once think of the UN. And yet, yesterday I received an email from Down Syndrome International inviting Marcus and I to speak at

Unexceptional Moms Interview Marcus (Video)

Guys guy GUYS!  I don’t think I ever showed you this interview.

A great podcast and video interview with two moms, plus Marcus (and me too.)

One mom I’ve known virtually Ellen Stumbo.  She has a beautiful blog, I’ve been lucky to guest on now and then. And now she and and Erin, another mom, have a podcast and video blog. OK – SO here’s a link to the blog and podcast here: When Our Kids With Disabilities Grow Up [Podcast]

and here’s the video of the interview.