Good Kings Bad Kings
by Susan Nussbaum
Good Kings Bad Kings follows the lives of residents at ILLC, an institution for juveniles with disabilities, where friendships are forged, trust is built, and love affairs begin, all despite an atmosphere of neglect and abuse. In this alliance the residents of ILLC ultimately find the strength to resist their mistreatment and fight back. With humor and an authentic eye, Good Kings Bad Kings tells the story of their struggle for dignity and self-determination.
The committee is hopeful that the selection of Good Kings Bad Kings will raise awareness about the treatment of people with disabilities in today’s society. Furthermore, the committee found the work to be inspirational in light of the University’s work with people with disabilities. In 2012 Villanova students formed LEVEL, a student organization dedicated to serving the needs of people with disabilities and to assist in advocacy work. LEVEL students have performed over 10,000 hours of service to the community in the past two years. The selection is timely as well as Villanova University celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Special Olympics Pennsylvania Fall Festival this November. The Fall Festival is the largest student-run Special Olympics event in the world.