SOURCE: National Civil Rights Museum

February 06, 2014 12:15 ET

Danny Simmons, Drumma Boy Join Local Poets for National Civil Rights Museum Poetry Slam

Last Call for Entries; Deadline for February 7; Poetry Slam Event February 22

MEMPHIS, TN--(Marketwired - February 06, 2014) -  The National Civil Rights Museum will host the Drop the Mic Poetry Slam competition on February 22, 2014 from 4-8 p.m. at the Rumba Room, 303 S. Main, Memphis, TN. The event is one of several that will celebrate the Museum's grand reopening, which is scheduled for Saturday, April 5, 2014.

Freedom has had variable, and nuanced, meaning throughout history. Drop the Mic is an opportunity for youth and young adults between ages 15-25 to articulate their views on freedom, through their own lens -- what does freedom mean in the present tense, to this generation? Poets will perform original pieces following the theme "My Freedom Is."

Celebrity judges are Danny Simmons, co-producer of Def Poetry Jam, along with Memphis natives Aisha Raison and multi-platinum hit-maker Drumma Boy. "I'm always down for my city, especially when it comes to young people," says Drumma Boy. "These types of events are important because it gives young people a voice, just like hip hop."

Two grand prize winners, one in each category, will win a $1,000 cash prize a museum membership and the opportunity to perform their piece on the main stage at the Museum's grand reopening on April 5, 2014. The second and third place winners in each category will win $750and $500, respectively.

"I'm looking forward to this event and wouldn't be surprised if I meet some possible candidates for Welcome To My City Vol. 3 (the unification movement of Memphis music)," Drumma Boy, who is the go-to producer for hip hop heavyweights like Drake, T.I., Young Jeezy and Yo Gotti, continues, "I want to see these kids bring it in a positive way that showcases the talent we have here in Memphis."

In addition to competing youth performers, the evening will feature guest pieces from Memphis poets Ekundayo Bandele (founder and executive creative director, Hattiloo Theatre), national recording artist Tonya Dyson and Artistik Approach.

Contestants may enter the contest through February 7, 2014 by submitting their two minute video online to the official Drop the Mic website poetryslam.civilrightsmuseum.org. For more information about the poetry slam visit the website or call Lauren Evans at 901-278-0881. Follow us on Twitter: @NCRMuseum #NCRMDroptheMic

About the National Civil Rights Museum

The National Civil Rights Museum located at the Lorraine Motel, the assassination site of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., chronicles key episodes of the American civil rights movement and the legacy of this movement to inspire participation in civil and human rights efforts globally, through its collections, exhibitions and educational programs. The Museum is located in the historic arts district of downtown Memphis, Tennessee.

Since its opening in 1991, the Museum exists to assist the public in understanding the lessons of the Civil Rights Movement and its impact and influence on human rights movements worldwide. It chronicles the civil rights movement from 1619 to 2000 with historical exhibits, including Room 306, the hotel room where Dr. King stayed in April of 1968.

An internationally acclaimed tourist attraction, the Museum was voted third among USA Today's Top 10 Best American Iconic Attractions; Top 10 Best Historical Spots in the U.S. by TLC's Family Travel; Must See by the Age of 15 by Budget Travel and Kids and Top 10,American Treasures by USA Today.

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