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.
The title of his latest poetry book is “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. 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 is scheduled to take place on Sunday, September 26th at Pelham Bay Park. He is also a past member of the board of directors of The Storytelling Center, Inc. of New York.
(photo credit: Elena " Mamarazzi" Marerro)