Join us in celebrating the legacy of the Chicano Movement as it carries on in the words and music of Chicanx performers today! Colorado Poet Laureate Bobby LeFebre will present a virtual reading of his work, followed by a live, in-person performance by pop/hiphop group 2MX2 , in this free closing event for the “Los Seis de Boulder, Race, and Memory” Symposium at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Bobby LeFebre is the youngest and first-ever person of color to be Colorado Poet Laureate. Appointed to that position by Governor Jared Polis in 2019, LeFebre is an award-winning writer, performer, and cultural worker. He fuses a non-traditional, multi-hyphenated professional identity to imagine new realities, empower communities, advance arts and culture, and serve as an agent of provocation, transformation, equity and social change. His work has appeared in The New York Times, HuffPost, The Guardian, American Theater Magazine, NPR and Poets.org.
Denver-based Latino pop/hiphop group 2MX2’s blood runs thick with the traditions embedded in their respective heritages, turned to face the present day. Rappers Juice El Tio Hugo and O1, singer Lolita, and producer DMD, along with Kid Astronaut on keys and Kenny Ortiz (Flobots) on drums, thrive in creating content that focuses on identity and fostering community and an honest platform for their fans to connect. They maintain a deep commitment to pushing diversity within the arts through outreach to local youth groups and with school programs.
This event is presented by CU Boulder’s American Music Research Center and University Libraries, with generous support also provided by the CU President’s Fund for the Humanities.