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By TYESHA VINSON, Student Life Editor

On Wednesday, January 22, the African and African American Studies Department (AAAS) and the Black Student Union will be hosting a Poetry Slam in celebration of MLK Week.

The MLK Week Poetry Slam is set to take place at 6:00 p.m. in room 1071 of the CASL Building. Students are being encouraged by BSU to participate in this year’s Poetry Slam.

AAAS is requesting that the poems be fitting for the occasion, something related to Dr. King’s legacy, struggle, racism, Civil Rights, or Human Rights.

Those who choose to participate in the Poetry Slam will be split up into two teams. Members of each team will compete against each other and the five judges will give them a score on a scale from one to ten.

The Poetry Slam teams will be competing for prizes sponsored by the African and African American Studies Department.

Anyone who is interested in being part of a Poetry Slam team should email BSU Vice President, Theresa Sommerville, at Sommerville is asking that students who are interested send her their name, phone number, major, and class level (freshman, sophomore, etc.).

The Poetry Slam is an event for everyone that wants to participate; you don’t have to be part of a specific racial group to participate. Dr. King’s mission was to create a world where all people are seen as equals and AAAS and BSU want everyone to come and enjoy themselves.

People who enjoy poetry and watching people perform are encouraged to attend the Poetry Slam and show their support for their peers.

This event is a celebration of Dr. King, his accomplishments, his legacy, and the lessons that we have learned from his words and his actions.

The MLK Week Poetry Slam will be a chance for students that don’t usually participate in events to share their talent, to share a message with everyone in the audience. It also provides a chance for students to connect with one another as well as the AAAS Department.

Sommerville said, “I expect it to be an enlightening experience. And it’s a chance for students, especially Black students, to bond with their AAAS faculty.”