July 9, 2016
In this mini-episode, Joed Lopez sits down with Felipe Luciano, former Young Lord and decorated poet, activist, reporter, and lecturer. In this previously unreleased interview, Felipe was gracious enough to spend just a few minutes before leaving to catch a flight. It is short but poignant. He calls out colleges and universities; churches alike to unite "spirit and scholarship" to meet the needs of our community. Considering the recently tragedies of Alton Sterlin, Philando Castile, and several police deaths, his message and keynote bonus (only found here: http://bit.ly/FELIPELUCIANO ) is eerily prophetic. While I share this with a somber heart, it is also filled with hope. Never have I seen so many people stand up and say enough is enough during these turbulent times. Enjoy - Joed
BIO: Felipe Luciano, Former Young Lord & Social Justice Advocate
News reporter and anchor, poet, writer, activist, and lecturer, Felipe Luciano is one of the most dynamic Latino public figures in the United States of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. His eloquence, vision, and passion for issues of social justice are extraordinary and reflect the courage of a generation that chose to organize, teach, and struggle against the powerful institutions of discrimination.
Due to his local popularity as a Harlem artist and progressive activist, in 1968 Luciano was approached by a group of mainly Puerto Rican Latino youth who wanted to launch a radical organization oriented around fighting against Puerto Rican poverty and racial oppression. Eventually, that cohort of young students launched a New York chapter of the Chicago-based Young Lords Organization (YLO), the Puerto Rican counterpart to the Black Panther Party.
Luciano is a lecturer and public presenter for Fortune 500 companies, colleges and universities, unions, and fraternal organizations. He offers consultation on issues pertaining to emerging markets, the black and Latino community, coalition building, diversity, and multiculturalism.