The Power of Civic Engagement: Step Into Leadership

JAN 31 & FEB 2 – Bridging the wise and the curious, this program inspires youth to stand up and make a difference in their communities. Living Word Architect, community builder and youth advocate, Adrian Molina returns as host of this extraordinary program, with three outstanding Civil Rights Activists: Carlotta Walls LaNier of the Little Rock Nine and professors and human rights activists Helen Giron and Sheldon Steinhauser. Step Into Leadership is open to all middle and high school students.

Adrian Molina

Adrian Molina

Molina will provide the context for their stories of triumph, empowerment and making positive change in the community and the world. The program, now in its second year, is designed to empower youth to engage in public dialogue. There will be live performance, video, music and student involvement.

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Carlotta Walls LaNier is one of the Little Rock Nine, the group of African American students who were the first to integrate a high school in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957. At the age of 14, she became an icon of bravery and tenacity. Walls LaNier speaks frequently to groups of all ages around the country. Adrian Molina is a poet, rapper, historian and futurist whose eclectic music spans the genre of hip-hop, neo-soul, jazz, spoken word and experimental. Molina cleverly blends entertainment with substance during performances at entertainment and cultural venues, schools, galleries, museums and community centers.

A pre-program workshop for teachers led by Facing History and Ourselves will be held Wednesday, January 18, 4:30 to 7:30 pm at the Mizel Museum, 400 S. Kearney Street, Denver. Register online at

Two sessions will be presented at two schools:

January 31, 10:35 am and repeated at 12:20 pm
Hinkley High School
1250 Chambers Rd.
Aurora, CO

February 2, 10 am and repeated at 1:40 pm
Lakewood High School
9700 W. 8th Ave.
Lakewood, CO