Each year Muskegon Community College hosts a county-wide breakfast in celebration of the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This event brings students, community leaders, organizations, and local residents together to hear from current freedom activists as they maintain the foundation of Dr. King’s beliefs. The goal of the MLK Unity Breakfast is to promote equality and justice for all people. For more information about MLK Unity Day at MCC, contact Dan Rinsema-Sybenga at (231) 777-0569.
Theo Wilson to Address 2020 Unity Breakfast
Theo Wilson, spoken word artist, founding member of the Denver Slam Nuba team, who won the National Poetry Slam in 2011, and author of The Law of Action, will address the 23rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Breakfast on Friday, Jan. 17, at 7:30 a.m. in Muskegon Community College’s Collegiate Hall.
A limited number of tickets for the general public will go on sale for $25 per person at MCC Bookstore on the main campus on December 1. Reserved tables of eight can be purchased by calling (231) 777-0569. The annual event celebrates the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and seeks to build understanding in the community.
Theo E. J. Wilson, is a modern Renaissance Man. His natural knack for artistic expression had him dabbling in, and even mastering almost every art form he put his hands to. Battling manic depression from an early age, this knack would save his life, and shape an award-winning career as a spoken word artist, pianist, actor, singer, rapper, dancer, and activist. Theo is a founding member of the Denver Slam Nuba team, who won the National Poetry Slam in 2011. He began his speaking career in the N.A.A.C.P. at the age of 15, and has always had a passion for social justice. He attended Florida A&M University, where he obtained his B.A. in Theater Performance. Upon graduating, he interned as a full time actor in St. Louis Black Repertory Company, where he was introduced to Slam Poetry, and has never looked back. In 2004, he returned to Denver, winning many local slams against Denver’s top competitors. He won the 2007 Erotic Poetry Slam in Austin, Texas, and in 2009, he had the honor of placing 5th in the world at the International World Poetry Slam.
He teaches and lectures on poetry with the Art-From-Ashes nonprofit poetry therapy organization and, and is a proud resident of Denver, Colorado . He has participated as a featured speaker in several TEDx Mile High productions . In 2013, Theo began speaking with Rachel’s Challenge, an organization started by the family of Columbine victim, Rachel Scott. Theo has opened for performers such as Dead Prez, The Flobots, Bahamadia, Saul Williams, Taylor Mali and Universes.
Copies of his book will be available at the event and the author will do a book signing immediately following the keynote address.
Watch a video of the 2018 event below: