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Greatest hits-Bigger Than Hip-Hop: Youth Speakin’ for Themselves


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Youth Speaks performance. Photo by Flickr (cc) user Albert K Law.

Spoken word. Its poetry…its hip-hop…and it’s increasingly, the chosen means of expression for today’s youth. On this edition we bring you the poets and students of Youth Speaks, from their annual event in honor of another master orator, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr..

Special thanks to Youth Speaks.

James Kass, Youth Speaks founder & executive director; Talia Young, Dante Clark, Gretchen Carvahol, Prentice Powell, Justin Jodiatis, spoken word artists.


Full length recording of Youth Speaks ‘Bringing The Noise for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’ – January 16, 2012 at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco.

For More Information:
Youth Speaks
Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation, Vona
Read, Write, Think
Hot Water Cornbread
Red Room
Split this Rock Poetry
National Association for Poetry Therapy
Poetry Foundation
Philly Youth Poets

‘This Is the Time for Poetry’: A Conversation With Alice Walker
Adrienne Rich, LA Times obituary

Dear Mama by Tupac
Hip-Hop by Dead Prez


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