Drop The Mic Poetry Slam
As part of the MLK50 yearlong commemoration, the 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 a stand and use your voice. Let it be known what the New Civil Rights Movement means to you.
May the art form of poetry be your outlet to express yourself, because your voice matters. Come out from the blanket of social media and make your way to the forefront. Use your words for enlightenment, healing, inspiration, and power. Spoken word gives you the platform to shine light on what is right and what is wrong. Use your art for activism.
You have the opportunity to educate and bring awareness. Seize the moment. Take it to the next level in answering the call, “Where Do We Go from Here?” #MLK50NCRM, #NCRMDropTheMic
What is a poetry slam?
A poetry slam is conventionally defined as the art of competitive performance poetry. It's a competition at which poets recite original work.
The National Civil Rights Museum's 2017 Drop The Mic Poetry Slam and Symposium will be a TWO-DAY event this year. Both the Symposium and the Slam are FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Registration for the Symposium will be begin in early July.
It 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 competition, the big event, is on Saturday, August 19, 2017. The Slam will feature poets performing original works before an audience and a judging panel. The judges will determine the winner from points earned during the performances. A few non-competing poets and musical artists will perform at the event. The Slam will be hosted by a radio or TV personality.
- 1ST PLACE: $1,500
- 2ND PLACE: $1,000
- 3RD PLACE: $750
- JUNE 5, 2017: Deadline for workshop proposals
- JULY 25, 2017: Deadline for contestant video entries
- JULY 28-31, 2017: Finalists notified to compete in the slam
How it Works
Event info, how to enter, age categories, and prizes.
Contest format, length of entry, judging criteria and finalist performance at the Museum.
Deadline is TUESDAY, JULY 25. Click here to enter with your 2.5-minute (150 seconds) video link!
Here are some frequently asked questions.