San Francisco Performing Arts, Youth Speaks is Bringing the Noise for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Bay Area Youth Performers Pack the House and Perform Original Spoken Word Pieces That Celebrate the Life and Legacy of Dr. King

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Youth Speaks is committed to presenting works that are relevant, urgent, and that speak to the needs of young people who demand a presence in a larger political and social discourse

San Francisco Performing Arts, Youth Speaks, the nations’ leading nonprofit presenter of Spoken Word performance, education, and youth development programs, presents the 15th Annual Bringing the Noise for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 16 at 7pm, at the historic Herbst Theater.

Every year Youth Speaks gathers the community to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a powerful showcase of exceptional young poets and performers who take the stage to present original works, written in their own voices, that grapple with the thoughts and work of Dr. King.

The event draws nearly 1000 people each year, and has included words and works from our youngest community members, Youth Speaks veterans, and longtime civil right activists and community elders on such topics as navigating the maze of identity, and rallying against institutional indifference.

“Youth Speaks is committed to presenting works that are relevant, urgent, and that speak to the needs of young people who demand a presence in a larger political and social discourse,” said James Kass, Executive Director of Youth Speaks. “We do so in the spirit of Dr. King’s mastery of language, and his belief in the power of the spoken word to create social change. When so many in the country are talking about the future, this is a great opportunity to hear the future speak for itself.”

PLEASE NOTE
WHAT:
Youth Speaks’ 15th Annual Bringing The Noise for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

WHERE:
Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco

WHEN:
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Monday, January 16 at 7pm

TICKETS:
$16 general admission, $6 youth under 20 and seniors
415.392.4400
http://www.cityboxoffice.com

About Youth Speaks Inc.
Founded in 1996, Youth Speaks is the leading nonprofit presenter of Spoken Word performance, education, and youth development programs in the country. Presenters of local and national youth poetry reading slams, festivals, reading series, and more, Youth Speaks also offers a comprehensive slate of literary arts education programs during the school day and after school, and provides numerous publication and youth development programs. All told, Youth Speaks works with 45,000 teens per year in the Bay Area
Alone, and has created partner programs in 60 cities across the United States.

MORE INFORMATION is AVAILABLE AT http://www.YOUTHSPEAKS.ORG

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