Bobby González is a nationally known multicultural motivational speaker, storyteller and poet. Born and raised in the South Bronx, New York City, he grew up in a bicultural environment. Bobby draws on his Native American (Taino) and Latino (Puerto Rican) roots to offer a unique repertoire of discourses, readings and performances that celebrates his indigenous heritage.
Bobby has lectured at many institutions including Yale University, the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and the University of Alabama-Huntsville. As a storyteller he’s had the privilege of performing at Carnegie Hall, the Museum of Television & Radio and the Detroit Institute of Arts. He has given poetry readings at the National Museum of the American Indian, the University of North Dakota and the Nuyorican Poets Café.
He is a dynamic keynote speaker specializing in encouraging audiences of all ages and backgrounds to succeed, fulfill their full potential and adjust to a changing world by becoming more aware of the rich history and accomplishments of their ancestors. In his lectures and workshops Bobby urges his listeners to be more sensitive to the various cultures and belief systems of their neighbors and colleagues.
One of his books is titled “The Last Puerto Rican Indian: A Collection of Dangerous Poetry.” These verses reflect upon five centuries of dramatic upheavals and heroic triumphs of Native Peoples from North, Central and South America and the Caribbean.
His most recent publication is “TAINO ZEN,” a unique volume of meditative verses that deliver a reflective message that urges all people to reconnect to their cultural origins and to cherish them. Knowing and acknowledging our beginnings is a precursor to creating a just and peaceful world for the next seven generations to come.
Bobby González seeks to empower his audiences by encouraging them to embrace their heritage and use this knowledge to create a dynamic future. As an individual proud of his Native American, Latino and African ancestry, Bobby is a messenger of hope, pride and love of diversity.
Bobby is the event coordinator and the master of ceremonies for the annual Bronx Native American Festival which takes place every September in Pelham Bay Park, the Bronx.
(photo credit: Elena ” Mamarazzi” Marerro)