A man and woman performing on stage at the Motown Mic: The Spoken Word.
Community Engagement

Motown Mic: “It’s ok to fight for what you believe in”

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In Brief

  • The Motown Museum in Detroit, Michigan, preserves, protects and presents the Motown Story through authentic, inspirational and educational experiences so that all generations will come to know, be inspired by and celebrate the true Motown story, legacy and sound.
  • Each March, the Museum hosts Motown Mic: The Spoken Word – an open-to-the-public poetry competition series.
  • The series showcases local artists and their original works, and culminates in the naming of the Spoken Word Artist of the Year.
  • Motown Museum is a W.K. Kellogg Foundation grantee working to increase entrepreneurship and career opportunities for economically disenfranchised residents, especially in the Northwest Goldberg district of Detroit, by providing early stage entrepreneurial support and career development training.

Why This Matters

Since its founding in 1985, The Motown Museum in Detroit, Michigan, has helped connect generations of visitors to the legacy of Motown Record Company. The Museum tells the story of how a man’s vision turned into one of the largest, most successful record companies of all time and how the music – the Motown Sound – captured the hearts of young people across the globe.

Today, the Museum continues to educate and motivate people, especially youth.

Each March, the Museum hosts Motown Mic: The Spoken Word. Motown Mic is an open-to-the-public poetry competition series which invites local poets to share their talents and perform original pieces.

With their words, the Motown Mic contestants are speaking their truth – providing racial healing, building community and engaging the next generation of leaders.

"This show reminds us that it is okay to fight for what you believe in, it’s okay to do it artistically and its okay to do it consistently."

Chanel Beebe, Motown Mic Grand Finale Audience Member (2017) Tweet

the opportunity

If you’re near Detroit, check out the competition in person. Otherwise, enjoy this video from the 2017 Motown Mic Grand Finale.

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