ID Check & the Ecology of Community

Mixing performance poetry, interactive exercises and live hip hop music in a multimedia presentation, Ariel Luckey invites his audiences to reflect on the dynamics of power and privilege in their personal lives and communities.
Featuring his powerful poem ID Check, Luckey shares stories of heartbreaking injustice and inspiring alliance building that provide opportunities for critical dialogue and cultural capacity building.

Ariel Luckey’s performance struck just the right balance: it was challenging, thought-provoking, and inspirational. He helped our students think about their values, their relationship to one another, and their relationship to those in the world who have been denied the justice and respect that many of us all too easily can take for granted.”

— Philip A. Glotzbach, President, Skidmore College

Ariel Luckey is a crucial truth-teller and love-warrior; his chosen weapons, the magic music words that urge action, the warm embrace that does justice. His poems kick ass and touch our hearts in the same dazzling gesture.”

— Bill Ayers, Co-Founder of the Weather Underground, Professor of Education, University of Illinois at Chicago

Ariel Luckey writes with a passionate new voice that embodies both jackhammer intensity and breathtaking tenderness. His poetry is a compelling call to action. His work honors the human potential in all of us for honesty, reconciliation, social justice and wholeness.”

— Peggy McIntosh, Author of White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack