Deeper Lecture Series: Felipe Luciano

Feb. 2, 7:00 pm9:00 pm

$5 – $20

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The Deeper Lecture Series is a new talk + Q&A program on Zoom designed to acquaint Gibney’s community of artists and audiences with the most provocative, influential and inspiring minds at work in the arts, humanities and activism.


Born in 1947 in East Harlem, New York City, Felipe Luciano is a prominent and dynamic Afro-Puerto Rican public figure in the Latino community and one of its foremost activists, pundits, lecturers, writers and journalists. He is a two-time Emmy Award-winning reporter and was the first Puerto Rican news anchor of a major media network station in the United States at WNBC-TV New York. In 1969 he co-founded New York City’s Young Lords Party for which he also served as Chairman. He currently hosts “Latin Roots”; on WBAI in New York, which he originally founded and produced in 1972 as the first English language program in the United States to feature Latin culture and music and to develop an ethnically and racially diverse audience. Luciano was one of the four members, and the only Puerto Rican, of the The Original Last Poets, formed on May 19, 1968. It was the first of several The Last Poets groups composed of black power era poets and musicians and mentored by Amiri Baraka. The Last Poets groups emerged in the late 1960s, birthed from the African-American civil rights movement. Critic Jason Ankeny wrote: “With their politically charged raps, taut rhythms, and dedication to raising African-American consciousness, the Last Poets almost single-handedly laid the groundwork for the emergence of hip-hop.”

All Winter & Spring Season events will be held online via Zoom. Gibney’s Box Office can be reached via email. For ticketing inquiries or requests, please email Marketing & Audience Services Manager, Kimiko Tanabe, at

Gibney encourages people with disabilities to attend online offerings, and we welcome the opportunity to make this event more accessible. Gibney’s “Deeper Lecture Series” events usually feature live ASL interpreters (see event pages for more details) and live captioning through Otter Transcription is available for all events by request. If you have any questions or access needs, please email us at or call us at 212-677-8560 (voice only) at least 24 hours in advance of the event you plan to attend. If you are hoping to attend an event and would like us to engage the services of an ASL interpreter or audio descriptor, please let us know with as much notice as possible, and we’ll do our best to make it happen.

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