Poetic activist and Harlem native, Kavon Ward is the 2012 Paul Robeson Here I Stand Poet and recently opened for Common at the Lincoln Theater in this capacity. March 2012, Kavon took the stage with activists like Joe Madison and Dick Gregory, to perform her piece, “I Am Trayvon Martin,” during the Trayvon Martin – Washington DC Rally for Justice.
Kavon is the President of United Speech Nation. She has been writing and performing poetry since she was a teen, and Kavon now uses her talent to motivate various audiences, particularly children in under-served communities who she encourages to use education as a means of transforming obstacles into opportunities. Kavon was first given such a platform more than ten years ago when she gave her acceptance speech for the Harlem YMCA’s Youth Achiever of the Year Award before an audience of close to a thousand corporate, community, and civic leaders.
Kavon has also recently performed at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Avoice Heritage Celebration, Busboys & Poets, Bohemian Caverns, Nuyorican Poets Café, and Annie’s Art Gallery. Her CD, From Policy to Poetry, and poems, including Harlem: Mission to Motivate, Black is Beautiful, and Beef with God are available for purchase at her online store and her piece, ”I Am Trayvon Martin”, is available on iTunes. Kavon’s poem Love Epiphany is also featured on the R&B Love Jonz Mixtape Volume 1.
Kavon currently resides in Washington, DC and holds a BA in Communications and a Masters in Public Administration. She is a former public policy lobbyist and Congressional Black Caucus/International Franchise Association Foundations Fellow.
Poetic Activist Kavon Ward has worked and partnered with:
Bringing On New Direction (BOND) Inc.
DC Department of Human Services
Hart Middle School (Washington DC)
In Sight and Sound: Live De(a)f Poetry
NASA Goddard Space Center
The Cesar Chavez Public Charter School
The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
The Hung Tao Choy Mei Leadership Institute
The Maya Angelou Public Charter School (MAPCS)
The Washington Interdependence Council
Thomas Jefferson Elementary/Middle School (Baltimore MD)
Washington DC Humanities Council
We Act Radio