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Friday, March 8, 2019 at 8pm through Friday, March 29, 2019 at 10pm
8pm through Friday, March 29 at 10pm
Motown Museum announced today that it will host its sixth annual Motown Mic: The Spoken Word competition series on Fridays in March from 8 to 10 p.m. at Motown Museum. Motown Mic: The Spoken Word invites poets to perform original pieces. Poets of any age can perform in the open mic events, but must be 16 years or older to be considered for the competition series. Every week throughout the month-long competition, two winners will be chosen by a panel of judges to advance to the grand finale on April 12 at the Garden Theater where they will perform Motown-inspired pieces and compete for the opportunity to be named the 2019 Motown Mic: The Spoken Word Artist of the Year, win a $1,500 cash prize and have their work published on a literary broadside. Motown Mic: The Spoken Word was created to pay homage to Motown Records’ Black Forum Label—a Motown spoken word label created by Berry Gordy and the Motown Corporation in the ‘70s as a venue for Black expression and education. The label served to capture the voices of African American poets and orators such as Langston Hughes, Stokely Carmichael, Elaine Brown, Ossie Davis and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose moving and inspirational “I Have A Dream” speech was recorded by the label. As Motown revolutionized the music industry, its Black Forum Label documented the social consciousness of a generation—Motown Mic: The Spoken Word is a continuation of that rich legacy. Open to the public, the events will take place at Motown Museum March 8, 15, 22 and 29. Admission for performers is free. General admission tickets are $10. Students with ID, and Motown Members who present their membership cards can purchase tickets for $5 at the door. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Motown Museum is located at 2648 West Grand Blvd. in Detroit. For more information on Motown Museum, including hours of operation, visit http://www.motownmuseum.org or call 313.875.2264.
Monday, January 21, 2019 from 10am-6pm
Motown Museum will be open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day—Monday, January 21—and will offer free admission to youth 17 and under, when accompanied by a paid adult. Special performances and giveaways will be hosted throughout the day, as well. As part of the celebration, visitors will watch a special video message from Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. about the connection between Motown and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. They will also witness performances of original pieces by winners of the Motown MIC: The Spoken Word poetry competition in tribute to Dr. King. They will learn the history of Motown’s Black Forum Label, which released recordings by Dr. King and other influential orators. During each tour, The Motown Museum will raffle off a free CD of Martin Luther King Jr.’s most well known speeches, courtesy of Comcast and Buddy’s Pizza (tours start at 10 a.m. and are hosted every half hour throughout the day). Patrons will also receive 50% off the Martin Luther King Jr. CD for the day with a purchase of equal or greater value in the Museum Store.
Friday, February 24, 2017 from 6-8pm
Motown Museum will host an open-to-the-public event in celebration of Black History Month—an event that celebrates Motown’s Black Forum Label, on Friday, February 24 from 6-8 p.m. The open-to-the-public Black Forum Label event will offer attendees the chance to explore the social consciousness of generations past and present. Attendees will listen to excerpts from Black Forum Label albums and engage in lively conversation with a diverse panel of scholars and artists.
Monday, January 16, 2017 from 10am-6pm
Motown Museum will be open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day—Monday, January 16—and will offer free admission to children 17 and under in celebration of the federal holiday.
Thursday, December 8, 2016 from 4-8pm
Motown Museum will host a Carols & Cocoa Community Night at the Motown Museum on December 8 from 4-8 p.m. Come sing, sip and shop around our unique and rare holiday gifts for the collectors in your life! Carols will be sung by Triumph Church’s Praise and Worship Team and delicious hot cocoa and treats will be served.
Friday, October 21, 2016 from 4-6pm
In an effort to celebrate National Book Month, Motown Museum will host Ralph Terrana, author of The Road Through Motown at Motown Museum on Friday, October 21 from 4 to 6 p.m. for an open-to-the-public book singing. A Meet & Greet for all alumni and Museum members will follow the book singing. Please RSVP for the Meet & Greet to firstname.lastname@example.org or (313) 875-2264 ext. 252 two days prior to the event. As a Motown producer and studio manager, The Road Through Motown tells about his early days with the Glo-Worms and The Sunliners, creating, owning and running the fabled Tera Shirma studios in Detroit, playing with Johnny and The Hurricanes, taking charge of Hitsville USA—home of the world-famous Motown Sound, and working with artists such as Meatloaf and Jeff Beck, producers like Andrew Loog Oldham, and music luminaries including Norman Whitfield, Harry Balk, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Frank Wilson and the Funk Brothers, to a quieter post-Motown life on the West Coast, with his new wife, Jesse.