G. Yamazawa (first place winner)
and Pages Matam (third place winner)
The National Fair Housing Alliance hosted a special poetry slam to celebrate both Fair Housing Month and National Poetry Month. America is the land of opportunity but not everyone has equal access to the doors of opportunity. While we have made great advancements, there is still more work to do. We have come as far as we have because of the great work and sacrifices of people like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Fannie Lou Hamer, Ida B. Wells, and Cesar Chavez. But we cannot rest on their laurels; there is more work to be done and more doors to open.
The poetry community has a lot to say about issues of equity and fairness. Indeed poetry, whether sung or spoken, has always played an integral role in the civil rights movement. Poetry has been used in a unique way to propel the movement as well as capture the feelings of those that fight for change.
The NFHA $1K Slam featured celebrated award winning poets from among the hosts of the Busboys and Poets network who have garnered national and international recognition. For more on the NFHA $1K Slam, view the press release.
Busboys and Poets
2021 14th Street NW
April 14th, 2014
8:00PM - 10:00PM