Spoken Word: Third Worlds Theory

A brave space that taps into the Black and African oral tradition and brings together diverse communities of people who utilize poetry, prose, spoken word, comedy, and music to share elements of the human experience. Creating honest connections via vulnerability, empathy and acceptance, this time spent together allows for social and emotional learning.

Upon Malcolm X’s return from his hajj, he spoke fervently of Black American’s need to see their struggle as part of the larger global movements for liberation; an idea later adopted and enacted on by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). The name, Third Worlds Theory pays homage to the wisdom of the people of color from a variety of newly independent nations who came together at the Bandung Conference in 1955 to create coalitions of resistance to imperialism and assimilation. This evening of spoken word is a call to highlight the perspectives, contributions, knowledge, innovations and experiences of people of color and allies who support them. Channeling the essence of the Bandung Conference, this session invites performers and an audience of every background to actively participate in a space that promotes communities coming together and acknowledging the value and importance of cultural competence.

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