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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Poetry Slam! 2012 video of the week: Jefferson Middle 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. 

On the second night of the Slam!, the students of Jefferson Middle School put stereotypes to shame with a powerful, dynamic performance on stage at H.D. Woodson High School. The students set up their performance by listing stereotypes such as "Kids don't care about the environment" and "Old people can't drive" and then dismissed such generalities with the powerful line.

"Stop judging people/Stop the labels/Stop stereotypes." 

Jefferson followed up the group poem by presenting a solo poem from Sandy T. and a rap from Julia B., who at the end of the night was presented with the Shine Award for the most outstanding individual performance. 

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

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