8th Annual Black Ink Poetry And Spoken Word Contest Is Feb. 22

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Chattanooga-Hamilton County NAACP will commemorate Black History Month with the 8th Annual Black Ink Poetry and Spoken Word Contest on Feb. 22.   The theme this year is Dreams Undeffered: The Now Generation Speaks. 

"Black" represents the focus of African-Americans during Black History month.  "Ink" represents the written and spoken word.  

All interested contestants and writers will present, convey, and articulate original works of poetry and spoken word  literature before a live audience and a panel of judges. Entries will be judged on originality, creativity, and inspiration to the community.  

The James Weldon Johnson Award is awarded to the adult winner. The Vernon Jarrett Award commemorates the founder of ACT-SO and is given to the youth category recipient. All entries must be submitted by Thursday, Feb. 20.   

The event will be held in the EPB Community Room at 10 West MLK. Blvd. on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 1-3 p.m. 

Submissions should be addressed to Chattanooga-Hamilton County NAACP, Attention: Poetry Contest, P.O. Box 3226, Chattanooga, TN. 37404  or by email at ChattanoogaACTSO@gmail.com

The James Weldon Johnson Adult Category Competition is for ages 18 and above.  The Vernon Jarrett Youth Category Competition is for ages 17 and under. 

Poems may be lyrical, narrative, ode, sonnet or free verse. Oratory focused on Black History will be strongly considered. Contestants will interact with judges and audience to elaborate on motivations.  Submissions must be free of vulgar or derogatory content.

For further information contact Eric Atkins at atkinse3@hotmail.com, 267-5637; Cortney Davis at cortney.davis@gmail.com or Vincent Ivan Phipps at speaker@communicationvip.com.


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