Wiley Auditorium Monday, January 16, 7:30pm
The Mayhem Poet's unique approach to the spoken word has landed them in feature spots on shows like the "Today Show" and "Eyewitness News." The group was awarded 1st place and a $100,000 grant in 2006 at the Microsoft idea Wins Challenge. Since then they've been touring internationally, collaborating with the likes of hip legends KRS ONE, Greg Patillo (beat box flute) and Jane Hunt (violin).
The Mayhem Poet's are theater trained, gifted in comedy, lyrical virtuosos who seamlessly blend raw elements of hip hop, theatre, improv and standup comedy to tell gut wrenching truths that leave audiences forever changed.
Their latest CD, Reverse Birth was hailed as one of the top spoken word CD's of 2007 by about.com's poetry section. Their NYC based educational training operation Slam Chops is providing opportunities for aspiring poets of all ages.
This performance of slam poetry is sponsored by the Emory Activities Board, and it promises to reshape your view of poetry and expose your mind to fresh views on issues, both historical and contemporary.
Complete Schedule of MLK Day Related Events:
Saturday, Jan. 14
» Day of Service – Second Annual Souper Bowl Food Drive benefiting Feeding America Southwest Virginia. Food bins will be placed in the Van Dyke Center, Martin-Brock Student Center, King Center, Wiley Hall, McGlothlin-Street Hall, Kelly Library and the Memorial Chapel.
Sunday, Jan. 15
» Concert: One Song, Many Voices - 7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel.
Monday, Jan. 16
» Keynote Address: "The voices and Dreams of a New Generation " Derick N. Ashong - 10 a.m. Memorial Chapel
» MLK Morning Breakout Events - 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., various locations.
» Celebration Lunch - 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., Van Dyke Hall
» MLK Event Breakout Session with Derrick Ashong - 2 p.m. - 3 p.m., M-S Hall 102
» MLK Day Celebration Dinner* - 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., Van Dyke Hall
»Slam Poetry Performance – The Mayhem Poets - 7:30 p.m., Wiley Auditorium
For more information about events included in the 2012 Martin Luther King Day Celebration please contact Mary K. Briggs at 276-944-6836 or at email@example.com.
*An additional cost will occur for community members who wish to attend.