Poet Michael Reyes to Perform at Ferris as Part of Hispanic Heritage Month

Spoken-Word Artist Reyes to Perform at Ferris for Hispanic Heritage MonthFerris State University’s Office of Multicultural Student Services is set to present spoken word artist Michael Reyes as the featured event for 2011 Hispanic Heritage Month activities on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. in Quiznos Café in the Rankin Student Center. The presentation from Reyes is titled, “Multiculturalism as a Culture.”

Michael Wade, assistant director of the Office of Multicultural Student Services, sees the event’s goal as helping to create an atmosphere that strengthens understanding of the history of multiculturalism.

As part of his presentation, Reyes creatively presents poetry that illustrates the importance of knowing and understanding the history of multiculturalism.

As a well-known poet, the work of Reyes incorporates a wide variety of historical and political figures, including Malcolm X, Che Guevara, Martin Luther King Jr. and Lolita Lebron. The mission of Reyes is to encourage participants to practice self love and appreciation of others. His poetry also dispels myths of people of color and encourages deeper thinking.

“Each year we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in ways that bring a diverse array of events to our campus,” Wade said. “Through poetry, Michael Reyes will bring a variety of political views and ways of thinking. It is important to understand that perspective to encourage learning about multiculturalism.”

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information on Reyes, visit his website at: http://reyespoetry.com/home.cfm

Anyone with questions about this event can contact Michael Wade at (231) 591-2617.


Sept. 26, 2011