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Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Free Verse | Adult Literacy | from @rhondawelsh.com
(l - r): Rhonda Welsh, Audrey Mabins, Jeff Nelson, jessica Care moore, Khary Kimani Turner, Naomi Long Madgett, Mahogany Jones, Tim Clark, Oliver Ragsdale (Photo Credit: Julia Whetstone)
According to recent statistics, the literacy level in Detroit hovers around 50 percent. This sobering statistic is often linked to unemployment, low self-esteem and lower earnings. But there are organizations like Reading Works that are working to make a difference. That's why I founded my first event.
On Sunday, January 15, seven Detroit-based (yet national and international in scope) artists converged on the Virgil H. Carr Cultural Arts Center to raise support for Reading Works during Free Verse: Poetry + Music Celebrating the Life + Legacy of Dr. Martin King, Jr. Over 150 audience members enjoyed performances by: Detroit's Poet Laureate Naomi Long Madgett, Poet, Publisher and Founder of Black Women Rock! jessica Care moore, Poet/Activist/Journalist/Author Khary Kimani Turner, Rapper/Poet Mahogany Jones, Singer/Songwriter Tim Clark, Slam Poet Jeff Nelson and Musician Audrey Mabins. Sounds were provided by DJ Andre Royster of EchoVerse. See more photos in the gallery.
Do you want to help combat this growing problem? Contact Reading Works to find out how you can help here.
For more information, visit www.rhondawelsh.com (currently under construction). You can also download tracks from the new release, Raw Clay.