SLAM COVID-19 is a poetry slam event that unleashes the voices of DC’s health and artistic communities to provide the information, education and inspiration to protect ourselves during the Coronavirus Pandemic.
While COVID-19 has affected all of Washington, DC, 79% of the deaths have been in the African American community. This pandemic has exposed the health and wealth disparities that have long persisted unabated in the Nation’s Capital. As the city prepares to re-open we need to address the prophetic words of Dr. Martin Luther King: Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?
SLAM COVID-19 will be a virtual Slam competition dedicated to addressing the fierce urgency of now. Over $3,000 in prizes in four categories: Elementary & Middle School (May 18th 4-6pm), High School (May 22nd 4-6pm) and Adult (May 25th 7-9pm). The event will be simulcasted on radio and social media. A combination of public voting and local judges will determine the results. Deadline for entries: May 15th, 2020 for Elementary & Middle School Students, May 19th, 2020 for High School Students, and May 24th, 2020, 7pm for Adult Submissions. (Submission guidelines below).
POETS AGAINST THE PANDEMIC
Contestants in the SLAM COVID-19 contest will submit a video of an original poem not to exceed 3 minutes in length that addresses the issues of COVID-19 and its effects on you personally, the Black community in DC, and safety measures and prevention. Information on Covid19 can be found at the DC Government website link: https://coronavirus.dc.gov/
Videos that contain accurate and factual information about COVID-19 have the best chance in the competition. Videos can be fun, sad, personal, reflective or political. While we are not trying to censor poets, we ask that you be aware that the SLAM COVID-19 is competition that will be viewed widely by students and families.
Please read the accompanying press release for more information from the Black Coalition Against COVID-19 and important messages related to this effort.