The MLK50 Drop the Mic Symposium and Slam is a TWO-DAY event. As part of the MLK50 yearlong commemoration, the National Civil Rights Museum's 2017 Drop the Mic Poetry Slam is a sanctioned event with the theme “Where Do We Go from Here?” In his last years, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was focused on key social issues including poverty, justice, peace, decent housing, better jobs with higher wages and quality education – issues we are still addressing today. Now is the time to take as stand and use our voices. Let it be known what the NEW Civil Rights Movement means!
The occasion kicks off with a free Symposium on Friday, August 18, at the Museum with workshops on key components on mechanics, expression, branding and the impact the art has on the community. The workshops are open to anyone who is serious about enhancing their creativity and engagement as a poet, spoken word artist or community activist.
The Slam, the big event, is on Saturday, August 19. The competition will feature poets performing original works before an audience and a judging panel with a chance to win up to $1500, $1,000 or $750 in three age categories. The judges will determine the winner from points earned during the performances. A few prominent, non-competing poets and musicians will also perform. The Slam is hosted by a radio or TV personality.
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