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Voices of Freedom - An Evening with Umar Bin Hassan of The Last Poets

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St. John's College

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Francis Scott Key Auditorium

Annapolis, MD 21401

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In celebration of the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial, Umar Bin Hassan, legendary member of The Last Poets, will host an evening of spoken word and Q&A that highlights the legacy of Frederick Douglass and social change. During the event, audience participates will also have the opportunity to sign up for an Open Mic segment, with feedback given by Mr. Hassan, the great American poet. In an effort to promote the next generation of spoken word artists and community leaders, the youth non-profit, Teens with a Purpose - The Movement, will also present spoken word performances that too celebrates African American history. Come join us for an evening of dynamic spoken word, intergenerational dialogue, community building, and history!

About Umar Bin Hassan: Umar joined The Last Poets in 1969 and continues to trour the world with them as well as performing spoken word. In mid-1993, he released his first solo album, Be Bop or Be Dead, produced by Bill Laswell. Hassan combined rap, house, and jazz elements on the record. He later went on to record To the Last which was also produced by Bill Laswell. The Last Poets are several groups of poets and musicians who arose from the late 1960s African-American civil rights movement. However, it is the versions of the group led by Jalaluddin Mansur Nuriddin and Umar Bin Hassan that have penetrated mass culture. The Last Poets were one of the earliest influences on hip-hop music. Critic Jason Ankeny wrote: "With their politically charged raps, taut rhythms, and dedication to raising African-American consciousness, the Last Poets almost single-handedly laid the groundwork for the emergence of hip-hop."

About Teens with a Purpose - The Movment: TWP-The Youth Movement, also known as Teens With a Purpose, is a 501(c) (3) non-profit youth development organization. Their mission is “to create a platform to empower young people to use their voices, energy, abilities and talent to demonstrate their power to effect personal change and positively impact the lives of others through the arts and peer-led programs and events. We create a safe, non-judgmental environment for self-expression for all young people as we continue to promote healthy life choices.”

This event is sponsored by The Banneker-Douglass Museum, Four Rivers Heritage Area, and Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservation.

Questions? Email: bannekerdouglassmuseum@gmail.com or call: 410-216-6180

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