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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Poetry Slam! 2012 video of the week: Tubman Elementary School


NOTE: Each week, we are featuring a school's performance from the 15th Annual DC SCORES Poetry Slam!, the largest youth slam in the District! During the two-night culminating event of the fall season -- held Nov. 28 at Columbia Heights Education Campus and Nov. 29 at H.D. Woodson High School -- 35 schools had the opportunity to perform original group and solo poems and songs in front of their peers, families and community members. At the end of each night, teams were called back up on stage to receive trophies.

We hope you enjoy this glimpse into the self-expression DC SCORES instills in youth. 

Tubman Elementary School spoke to the audience about overcoming obstacles and staying positive, including a tremendous solo poem by Christian B., "Life," which he later performed live on NBC in early January. 

The Poetry Slam! was the first opportunity Christian, 10, had to let out his feelings in a positive, open environment. From performing so brilliantly in front of 400 people at Columbia Heights Education Campus, he gained the confidence to take his poem before a large television audience.

Check out Christian and Tubman's performance, which gained the Toads a piece of third place at the Slam!.

To view any performance from the Poetry Slam!, visit the DC SCORES YouTube page.

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