Here in Colorado Springs(CO) there is a community of poets and artists called “Poetry 719” and they host poetry events called “Hear here”. I have been attending open mic nights and events for a few months and during each night there is a featured Poet to round off the night. Last night (04/14/2012) I was fortunate enough to experience the one of a kind work of Dominique Ashaheed (Featured Poet).
I was able to shoot video of her performance which I will now share with you. This is one of the pieces she performed for us titled “Emmett Till”. It was one of the strongest pieces I’ve ever been able to witness and im proud to be able to share it with you all. In the video Ashaheed detailed the history and motivation behind her poem “Emmett Till” and follows it with a passionate performance of the piece.
(please watch the entire video to get the full impact…if for some reason you are crunched for time the poem starts at 7:00 minutes in the video)