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Author, Speaker, and Down Syndrome Advocate

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Author and Down Syndrome Advocate- Most Recent Posts

The Video Of Marcus Speaking at the United Nations

Grown Ups & Downs, In the News|

For real. If you want #BlackDayBook and Grown Ups and Downs updates, not too often – I promise, Join the Club here! 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,

Day In the Life – and What a Day!

Grown Ups & Downs|

Resharing this post, a little #TBT, WOW! such fun to look back at the building of Black Day, the auditioning for the Global events, this was a pretty “normal” day in those days…I love this #LifeWithDs concept, the Day in the Life idea. I love that it gives folks a chance to see the real day-to-day, the normalization of what life is like for our families. Sooooo, it may be poor form to share this day, April 8th, 2015, but as I opened my computer,

I’m Between Stories

Grown Ups & Downs|

About seven years ago, the first warning sign that my mother wasn’t herself was her inclination to comply. She would ask permission (it seemed) for small, simple things. She’d look to her husband, “is this OK?” It pricked my senses. What was happening? I didn’t see in him as desiring to control her. They had already been through her first round of cancer together. He took on his new role and became caregiver. It didn’t make sense. No. This was something else, this was the first symptom of Alzheimer’s

A bit about My Antonia and Nia, too

The Innocent Prince|

Once in a while, not often enough, I clear (or ignore) everything and carve with words. When the submission call went out for essays, fiction, and poetry inspired by Willa Cather's My Antonia, where could I even begin? How to honor one of the first novels that struck my heart on multiple levels?  I started by thinking essay, and its impact on me, but then I diverted to a new story instead. Certain lines and images tantalized me. I drove west. I watched the sunset and thought about the vast

Down Syndrome Author News, Events, Opinions

Changing the World

I shared this article with Marcus: "16 People With Down Syndrome Changing the World" He replied with "Yes, I am." This article from The Mighty rocks with some big-time accomplishments and names, including the Marcus Sikora. 🙂 On our Facebook Page - we encouraged everyone to share about the person with Down Syndrome you know - who is changing the world! Check out the full article on The Mighty Here.

By |November 21st, 2018|Categories: In the News|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Look Who’s on Yahoo Celebrity Lifestyle News!

The article begins... "Several celebrities walked the red carpet and the runway in the 10th anniversary “Be Beautiful, Be Yourself” Fashion Show Saturday, Oct 20. The crowd cheered and mingled with the likes of Colin Farrell, Jeremy Renner, Heather Graham and more! What makes this event especially impactful is the transformation of star-power when the models take to the runway. This photo is a great example. I mean come on! That guy in the background, he’s cool and famous and all (award-winning actor John C. McGinley) but I think we can all agree that Kate Winfield and Claire Hepburn are

By |November 7th, 2018|Categories: In the News|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Not New News, but News Worth Sharing

Talents of Omaha author Marcus Sikora shine in first children’s book A friend of mine sent me a picture of this article in print when it published two years ago. I stumbled upon the online version yesterdy while doing a Google search with my name mis-spelled. What? Nevermind, the crux is: Here's this cool article about Marcus! It begins: Omaha author Marcus Sikora, who created a children’s book about a monster band, recently met with first and second graders of Elkhorn’s Arbor View Elementary School, providing insight into the writing process of his first book. Sikora, who wrote the Halloween-themed

By |August 26th, 2018|Categories: In the News|Tags: , |0 Comments

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