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The Video Of Marcus Speaking at the United Nations

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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,

In honor of Mother’s Day

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It seems to me that, regardless of what was to come next, this would have always been the most important day of my life. I got to hold him for a moment; I counted ten fingers and ten toes. He was the most precious boy ever born. I called my father to tell him that he was Grandpa Mark to a beautiful boy named Marcus, so named out of love and gratitude. All was going according to plan.

At about 8:00 a.m., the doctor came into the room and told me there were some concerns.

About Being Kind, About Judgy People, and Relationship Hairballs

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At a very young age, I realized, “Everybody’s got something.” The “something” is the hidden battle, the hard bits, that may or may not be public. A secret, a trauma, a disability, a hardship, a “something.” When a was, I don’t know, like 10…? Two neighbor kids “played school” and taught me my home phone number. Yes, 10. I was a conundrum. My family often described me as “7 going on 30.” I was cynical and had an early mastery of dark comedy. I was a thinker. Yet, I

Actors Among Us

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Marcus being Orange The picture above is from a few years ago when during a presentation put on by the actors and teachers of the Ollie Webb Center, the actors were asked to show: "Orange." This was in 2014 and is still one of my favorite *Marcus is who he is and take that world* moments. I'm going to tell it to you again today, from Marcus and The Loud Mouths Festival. THE BEST PART Came the second night. (Yeah, I saw it twice.) One of the prompts

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Marcus is part of a program teaching playwriting

Former North drama teacher Jennifer Castello-Scott, now a freelance drama educator, devised the curriculum. She enlisted the help of author and speaker Marcus Sikora, who has Down syndrome. Marcus was involved in this cool program to teach the kids. Here's a lovely article in the Omaha World Herald about the program: Circle Theatre works with schools on playwriting project for special education students   Read on!    

By | February 25th, 2018|Categories: Grown Ups & Downs, In the News|0 Comments

Momaha: How I went from gold medal worrier to luckiest mom I know

Published on Momaha via Omaha.com earlier this week: Earlier this month, I stood next to my son, Marcus, while he spoke to a room of more than 1,200 spectators. It was unbelievable to witness. The event was the star studded "Be Beautiful, Be Yourself" fashion show, which took place Nov. 11 in Denver. The Global Down Syndrome Foundation hosts this event each year to raise money to continue research and improve medical care for people with Down syndrome. Marcus was named the 2017 "Be Beautiful, Be Yourself" Ambassador. As the parent of an adult with Down syndrome, I have been a

By | November 22nd, 2017|Categories: In the News|Tags: , |0 Comments

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