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Spoken Word Contest Brings Black History Month Themes to Life on Stage

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Stony Brook students brought their poetry skills to the stage on February 17 for the Spoken Word and Open Mic Contest, part of the University’s Black History Month events.

“This event is important, not just for Black History Month, but for any lover of poetry,” said Shaquille Simpson ‘16. “In an environment such as a public university, you want to have something where everybody can be included.”

See highlights from the contest in our video, and a list of winners below.

1st Place — Jael Henry ‘16, Journalism

2nd Place — Larissa Kermani ‘18, Psychology and Sociology

3rd Place — Chinonso Nwabueze ‘19, Undeclared

Contestants were asked to perform pieces under five minutes long, focusing on the overarching theme “Sankofa! Together We Will Rise,” and at least one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa — Unity, Self-Determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity, and Faith.

The contest was sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Office of the Dean of Students, the Department of Africana Studies, WUSB 90.1 FM Radio and the Student Activities Media Office.
Learn more about Black History Month at Stony Brook University at stonybrook.edu/commcms/bhm.

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