NCRM to host Drop the Mic Symposium for MLK50

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - National Civil Right Museum plans to host a Drop the Mic Poetry Symposium on Friday, August 18 from 3-8 p.m.

The poetry symposium will cover every aspect of the spoken-word from inspiration and writing to performance and evaluation.

It will feature a master class with Ed Mabrey, who is a four-time Individual World Poetry Slam champion.

The schedule for the event will be as follows:

  • 2 – 3 p.m. Registration
  • 2 – 8 p.m. Activist Marketplace
  • 3 – 3:25 pm Welcome and Opening Plenary–MasterClass with Ed Mabrey
  • 5-minute Transition
  • 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. SESSION 1 Concurrent Workshops (3)
  • Activism Track – When Art Becomes Activism with Jasmine Mans
  • Youth Voice Track – The Bridge Between Organizing & The Word with
  • Mackenzie Berry
  • Business Track – Poetry Is None of Your Business by Sebastian Carson
  • 15-minute Transition
  • 4:45 – 5:45 p.m. SESSION 2 Concurrent Workshops (3)
  • Activism Track – Art as Activism with Natasha Hooper
  • Youth Voice Track – The Calm Before the Storm with
  • Jonathan Samuel Eddie Perkins
  • Technique Track – Performance & Writing with Bethsheba Rem a.k.a. "Queen Sheba"
  • 15 min Transition
  • 6 – 7 p.m.  Dinner and Plenary Keynote with Propaganda
  • 7:10 – 8 p.m. Closing Performance & Open Mic for facilitators and workshop attendees

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