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Spelman Celebrates Women’s History Month with Poetry and Spoken Word


Terrilyn Simmons
404-270-5822 (office)

Twitter: @SpelmanMedia

Calaya Reid



Atlanta (March 18, 2014) -- Spelman College heats things up this Women’s History Month with “Catching Fire: An Evening of Epic Live Performance,” a celebration of women of color. Organized by the English Department and co-sponsored by the Women’s Research and Resource Center, the Honor’s Program, Office of Inclusion and corporate sponsor and diversity leader Randstad, the evening of artistic expression will shed light on issues affecting women of color through spoken word. The event is free and open to the public.

Hosted by Spelman poet Ain Ealey, C’2014 and Morehouse actor Will Addison, C’2017, the event will sizzle with spoken word presentations by national slam champion and vocal womanist activists Theresa Davis, 2011 Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion, 2012 Emerging Artist Award Recipient, and 2012 McEver Chair at Georgia Tech; and emerging Art Amock Slam poet Shyla Hardwick. These performance artists will not only bring fire, but unapologetic truth to the microphone.

The event will also feature other metro Atlanta performers, including the Spelman College Jazz Ensemble. Along with the featured performances, there will be an open mic session and a DJ. This event also serves as a way to give back to the community. In support of the “Bra Tribute” attendees are asked to bring gently worn and/or new bras to be donated to Atlanta area women’s shelters. Those contributing will be entered into a raffle to win Starbuck’s gift cards, courtesy of Randstad, ranging from $10-$50.

Thursday, March 27, 7:30 p.m.

Spelman College
Cosby Academic Center Lobby
GPS Address: 440 Westview Drive, Atlanta 30310

About Spelman College
Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a highly selective, liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent. Located in Atlanta, Ga., the college’s picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students. Outstanding alumnae include Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman; Sam’s Club CEO Rosalind Brewer; former acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna President Audrey Forbes Manley; former Harvard College Dean Evelynn Hammonds; author Pearl Cleage; and actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson. For more information, visit www.spelman.edu.

About Randstad:
Randstad US is a wholly owned subsidiary of Randstad Holding nv, a $22.0 billion global provider of HR services. As the third largest staffing organization in the US, Randstad holds top positions in permanent placement, office and administrative, IT and accounting and finance. From professional services, commercial staffing, recruitment process outsourcing, to managed services and more, Randstad delivers a comprehensive range of temporary, temporary-to-hire, permanent placement and outsourced placement services. With its 5,660 employment experts, Randstad puts an average of nearly 100,000 people to work in the U.S. each week, through its network of more than 900 branches and client-dedicated locations.

Learn more at www.randstad.com and access Randstad’s panoramic US thought leadership knowledge center through its Workforce360 site that offers valuable insight into the latest economic indicators and HR trends shaping the world of work. 

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