A multi-media presentation of a blind man’s journey, as he confronts prejudice, racism and bullying, through music and the gift of blindness.
My mother and father began their life together as part of an arranged marriage. She was twelve, he was twenty eight. I was their sixteenth child. I was born with glaucoma and totally lost my sight by the time I was eight years old.
Living in a poor, predominantly Italian neighborhood, the streets and sidewalks were our playground. In those days, we didn’t call it bullying. But I was well aware of the constant rejection and cruelty aimed at one young boy. Ironically, it was my blindness that allowed me and him to become friends.
I grew up at a time when prejudice and racism were an acceptable part of everyday life. And although I was blind, it didn’t stop me from learning how to hate. As a teenager, I was faced with the realization that I was a racist. Even more shocking was the revelation that I didn’t want to be.
My name is Vinny St. Marten. Through words and music, I have been privileged to share my unique experiences with many diverse groups of people, in schools, colleges and churches. Please join me, as I continue my effort to touch as many lives as possible with my story.
“The children had never met a blind person before, but Vinny instantly connected with the audience and made them feel comfortable. His story is remarkable.”
Andrew Hall, Head Instructor of Martial Arts Program
Nassau County Police Athletic League
“The students were drawn into his presentation and his captivating discussion. If given the opportunity, be sure and have Vinny St. Marten share his story with your school or organization.”
Social Studies Coordinator, Glen Cove School District
Here are some video clips from ‘Think About It’ at Glen Cove High School, February 2012. Click on a video to view.