So first we have the Storified version with my tweets and also the WDSD Twitter live account of our speech. Plus links to a few of the great #WDSD17 videos. Also, a short slideshow of pictures.
On Tuesday, March 21st, we met people from around the world. Marcus gave copies of Black Day: The Monster Rock Band to a person with, or a family member of a person, with Down syndrome from Italy, Algeria, Mexico, Canada, and the US.
World Down Syndrome Day at The United Nations
We listened to the advocacy challenges and wins of our worldwide Down syndrome community. The mom from Kyrgyzstan, and her brave story. Advocates from Romania and Palestine and more. and Always, my favorite part of the WDSD at the UN is hearing from the self-advocates,
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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.
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.
On 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