Our open-to-the-public poetry competition series invites local poets to share their talents every Friday evening during the month of April for the chance to win $1,000!
Motown Mic: The Spoken Word was created to pay homage to Motown Records’ Black Forum Label— a Motown spoken word label created by Berry Gordy and the Motown Corporation in the ‘70s as a venue for Black expression and education. The label served to capture the voices of African American poets and orators such as Langston Hughes, Stokey Carmichael, Elaine Brown, Ossie Davis and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose moving and inspirational “I Have A Dream” speech was recorded by the label. As Motown revolutionized the music industry, its Black Forum Label documented the social consciousness of a generation— Motown Mic: The Spoken Word is a continuation of that rich legacy.
“Motown Museum is proud to serve as a local platform for the next generation of creative artists by offering opportunities and experiences for them to find and share their unique perspective and artistic gifts,” said Motown Museum Chairwoman and CEO Robin Terry. “Every year we see incredible local talent from all walks of life shine as they creatively express themselves through their poetry. We hope the community will join us to witness their art, while learning more about the Motown legacy and its continued impact on today.
Motown Mic: The Spoken Word, which is open to the public, invites poets to perform original pieces. Every Friday during April, two winners will be chosen by a panel of judges to advance to the grand finale in June where they will perform Motown-inspired pieces and compete for the opportunity to be named the Motown Mic:The Spoken Word Artist of the Year, win a $1,000 cash prize and have their work published on a literary broadside.