WHEN – Saturday, March 28. 3-5 p.m.
WHERE – Smithsonian's National Postal Museum, located across the street from Union Station
2 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC, 20002
CONTACT PERSON – Emily Murgia, 201-633-5528, postalmuseum.si.edu
ACCESSIBILITY – ASL Interpretation Provided
Spoken Word Poetry Event - Smithsonian's National Postal Museum
Saturday, March 28 | 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Featuring Current World Champions of Youth Slam Poetry
Join us at the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum on Saturday, March 28 as Split This Rock's DC Youth Slam Team (SplitThisRock.com) performs spoken word poetry focusing on issues of social justice. The program is free and open to the public; no reservations are required. ASL Interpretation provided.
The performance supports the museum's new exhibit "Freedom Just Around the Corner: Black America from Civil War to Civil Rights," (http://postalmuseum.si.edu/freedom/) the museum's first exhibition devoted entirely to African American history and marks 150 years since the end of the Civil War and the abolition of slavery throughout the United States. The exhibition, open through Feb. 15, 2016, chronicles the African American experience through the perspective of stamps and mail.
Complimenting and extending the stories told in the Freedom exhibit, the DC Youth Slam Team highlights the writing, performance and public speaking skills of teens from all over the D.C. With these credentials, the team uses spoken word poetry to teach and empower youth to speak up about issues of social justice in grand fashion. A program of the nonprofit Split This Rock, the DC Youth Slam Team won 1st place at the 2014 Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival, making them the current world champions of youth slam poetry.