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Spoken Word as a Method of Social Change

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Ellenie Cruz

on 6 April 2013

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How did spoken word poetry play a role in social change movements historically, and does it play a role in contemporary efforts to foster social change and education? Spoken Word
as a Method of
Social Change and Education This project involved the detailed use of ethnographic methods in order to document the manner in which spoken word poetry functions as a social and cultural practice in prominent spoken word outlets, school classrooms, and communities. Methodology Spoken Word- Defining Terms Document Analysis
Observation/Participant Observation
Informal and Semi-structured Interviewing Social Change- Literature Review and Secondary Data Analysis Historical Events How Spoken Word has contributed to social change in the past Song & Verse, Spoken Word, and Jazz Poetry Harlem Renaissance Civil Rights Movements Latino Laborers
Teatro Campensino United Farm Workers Movement Consciousness, Awareness, Education and Communication Spoken Word
in the Present day Nuyorican Cafe [New York]
BusBoys and Poets [Washington D.C.]
Painted Bride [Philadelphia]
One Common Unity Venues, Organizations as Sites of Data Collection Open-Mics
Social and Political Events and Gatherings
At University of Delaware
Trayvon Martin Ralley
Troy Davis Discussion
DASA Art show
Take Back The Night
Multiple Lyrical Events Communal Events How is Spoken Word Creating Change? Spoken word functions in contemporary efforts to promote social change and education. Spoken word is being used more often in local community events and schools. When used in these environments the pieces performed are normally for a cause or to combat a political or social issue, and in some instances personal issues. Conclusion How can spoken word poetry be incorporated into school curriculum to transform school culture and increase retention rate? FUTURE Inquiries Ackowledgements Dr. Shuaib Meacham - Research Mentor
Dr. Saunders - McNair Program Director
McNair Staff
Frank E. Brady
Daphne Charles
One Common Unity
Bus Boys and Poets Works Cited Social change builds community and individual-based responses that address underlying social problems on an individual, institutional, community, national and/or international level. Spoken Word is the performance of poetry through recitation, theater,or speech amongst listening communities There is a River . Song and Verse Poetry
Speeches Women's rights
Rights for LGBT Communities Gender Rights Movements
Louder Than A Bomb
Extra Curricular Activities
Poetry Outloud
SLAM Competitions Schools/Educational Institutions Questions? Cultural Politics of Slam Poetry Contact Me: Ellenie@udel.edu
http://www.elleniecruz.weebly.com A culture that is abused and oppressed can still rise up and create great art that spreads education and success even in times of misery and depression.
-Vincent Harding Spoken Word allows people take action by spreading information and facts pertaining to the events and situations that they feel have cause a need for change.
-Susan B. A. Somers-Willet Performance Artist and Educator, Daphne Charles Poet and Educator, Frank E. Brady

"...when the teacher before me asked them to get in their group they cursed her out, they threw things at the wall, some walked out of class, because I think they felt like they didn’t feel safe in that class with the people in the class.

...it wasn’t only the assignment but the process of the assignment that empowered the students to feel like they were writers, to feel like they had something to say, that they could get in front of the class and people would listen, that their classroom could be a community, that they didn’t have to fear opening up, because to do spoken word it requires a bit of opening up" "I've had so many students change before my eyes. Students who came into my class shy and quiet have become confident and ready to tell their stories...

Spoken word makes education exciting empowering and most importantly explosive! People respond to high energy and high impact education. I am able to use spoken word as a medium... to teach about any lesson..." Learning-
Education- The process of receiving or giving systematic instruction, or knowledge The acquisition of knowledge or skills through experience, practice, or study, or by being taught.
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