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‘Come Celebrate Jamestown
June 25, 2016 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
“The spoken word occupies a central and indispensable position in African American history and culture. – … the oral tradition carried African narratives to a new continent and sustained them through bondage; as a political catalyst, speech defined the struggle for freedom and moved ordinary people to extraordinary acts of courage; and as an art form, the word has conveyed itself forcefully and dramatically by drawing on the rich African American musical heritage” (Smithsonian Folkways, 2016). For this reason, and many more, members of the ‘Celebrate Jamestown’ Event Committee decided to incorporate this component into our annual heritage event, as we continue to acknowledge our impact on the history of the Pee Dee Region in South Carolina.
As we continue to broaden the scope of our event, we believe that the spoken word is a necessary aspect of this celebration and recognition. We want to preserve the rich oral tradition of our ancestors by providing those who want to be heard with an opportunity to do so. Our celebration is a history-making event, and we want to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to participate by means of oral expressions in 2016!
http://www.folkways.si.edu/say-loud- african-american- spoken-word/struggle- protest/article/smithsonian