FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kanya Bennett
DATE: August 31, 2012 (202) 491-1739
Poetic Activist, Kavon Ward to Perform at Lincoln Theatre on September 8th
Winner of Paul Robeson “Here I Stand” Spoken Word Contest Honoring Hip Hop Artist and Activist, Common
Washington, D.C. – Poetic Activist, Kavon Ward will be receiving the first-ever award for the Hung Tao Choy Mei Leadership Institute’s Paul Robeson “Here I Stand” spoken word contest on September 8, 2012 at the historic Lincoln Theatre on U Street NW. The annual gala will honor legendary hip-hop artist and activist, Common.
Kavon Ward is the President of United Speech Nation. A writer and performer of poetry since she was a teen, Kavon uses her talent to motivate various audiences, particularly children in underserved communities who she encourages to use education as a means of transforming obstacles into opportunities. She has recently performed on the national stage with Joe Madison and Dick Gregory during the Trayvon Martin rally in DC, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Avoice Heritage Celebration, Busboys & Poets, Bohemian Caverns, Nuyorican Poets Café, and Annie’s Art Gallery.
In addition to Kavon’s performance of her award-winning piece, “Freedom vs. Slavery” and award acceptance, Common will be interviewed live on stage by Darien “Big Tigger” Morgan, television and radio personality and former host of the morning show at WPGC 95.5. The show also includes many other special live performances from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
The Paul Robeson “Here I Stand” award is for artist activists that give back to their community and make no distinction between their work as an artist and their work as a human being. Past honorees of the Paul Robeson “Here I Stand” award have been Harry Belafonte, Dick Gregory, Dr. John Hope Franklin, Judith Jamison, Rita Moreno and last year Spike Lee.
Kavon said, “I am so thrilled and humbled to be the winner of this very prestigious and important award from the Hung Tao Choy Mei Leadership Institute. The other contestants are all wonderful artists as well and I’m happy to have been exposed to their art. I am excited to perform my heart-felt piece, “Freedom vs. Slavery” in front of such an incredible artist as Common and feel so honored to be amongst such amazing people that work so hard to improve their communities.”
Tickets are on sale at Ticketmaster, or the Lincoln Theatre box office, 1215 U Street, NW, Washington, DC for $27.50. See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiCLhvC7yz4&feature=player_embedded