Sept. 20 – Mexican American speaker David Romero at Florida Poly

This notice appeared in the Weekly Phoenix between September 13, 2022 and September 19, 2022.

September 13, 2022

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Student Affairs is hosting Mexican American spoken-word artist David A. Romero on Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 7–8 p.m. in the Aula Magna.

As seen on All Def Digital, the Latino spoken word artist zooms or flies in from Southern California to perform poetry and share his stories about food, family, social justice issues, and Latinx culture. In a show that combines performance poetry, personal testimony, and politically-charged commentary with a slideshow featuring images from history, current events, and Romero’s own life experiences, Romero moves crowds to laugh hysterically, think critically, feel hungry, cry tears of joy or sorrow, and raise their fists in protest.

Romero relates what it’s like to be a “pocho,” or a Mexican American who identifies more with mainstream American culture than what is often expected by society from his racial identity. His status as an outsider among his own people makes for an insightful and often humorous exploration of Latinx culture and identity politics. However, not merely a comedian, Romero’s passion for social justice, coupled with his experience as a political activist, expresses itself in fiery poems that touch upon issues of racism, immigration, war, and economic injustice.

If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Melanie Morenz.