Motown Museum to host 'Motown Mic Night: The Spoken Word' Grand Fanale Event

Motown Museum invites the public to attend the May 19th event hosted by Sparrow and One Single Rose

DETROIT - Motown Museum announced today that it will host its fourth annual Motown Mic: The Spoken Word grand finale event hosted by renowned poet Sparrow, and the inaugural Motown Mic winner One Single Rose, at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 19 at The Garden Theater in Detroit. The event, which is open to the public, will feature performances from the local poets and artists that were selected as finalists from a series of spoken word events hosted by the Museum earlier this spring. Robin R. Terry, CEO and Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees of Motown Museum, made the announcement.

Motown Mic: The Spoken Word will showcase the finalists performing an original, Motown-inspired poetry piece with the winner being selected from a panel of judges. The winning artist will receive $1,000, have their piece published on a literary broadside and will be featured on the Motown Museum website as the 2017 Motown Mic: The Spoken Word Artist of the Year.

“Motown Mic has been a successful programming event for us for a number of years and the creativity and authentic talent we saw this year was truly outstanding,” said Terry. “We hope the community will join us to experience this event and celebrate Motown’s rich history while listening to these engaging artists.”

Motown Mic: The Spoken Word was created to pay homage to the Black Forum Label—a Motown spoken word label created by Berry Gordy and the Motown Corporation in the ‘70s as a platform for Black expression and education. The label served to capture the voices of African American poets and orators such as Langston Hughes, Stokely Carmichael, Elaine Brown, Ossie Davis and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose moving and inspirational “I Have A Dream” speech was recorded by the label. As Motown revolutionized the music industry, its Black Forum Label documented the social consciousness of a generation—Motown Mic: The Spoken Word is a continuation of that rich legacy.

“This event has become one of those yearly things that people look forward to and pay attention to,” said Omari Barksdale, 2016 Motown Mic: The Spoken Word Artist of the Year. “The fact that my name is now connected with the culturally and internationally respected juggernaut Motown, is something that reconnects me to my childhood and the pride of my city and family."

Pre-sale tickets for the event are now available for $15 at https://www.motownmuseum.org/about-the-museum/motownmic/ and general admission is $20 at the door. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m.
About Motown Museum

Founded in 1985 by Esther Gordy Edwards, Motown Museum is a 501(c)(3) not for profit, tax-exempt organization in Detroit. The Museum is committed to preserving, protecting and presenting the Motown story through authentic, inspirational and educational experiences. For more information, visit motownmuseum.org.











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