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Hip Hop + Spoken Word: Find Your Activist Voice (4 wk course, PUGS)

HatchLabs, 2420 NE Sandy
2420 NE Sandy Boulevard
Portland, OR 97232, US (map)



Do you have deep concerns about our social, political, economic realities? Do you want to develop your perspective and be more informed than media pundits and online trolls? You aren’t alone in these turbulent times. Together, we’ll take a critical look at society and find our voices through creative writing, an examination of history and hip hop culture, and dialogue.

In this class, we’ll learn from veteran anti-fascist organizer Mic Crenshaw, who will open our eyes to what has been useful in the past, what can be effective now, and what mistakes we need to avoid in our activism. In honest discussions, we’ll explore the intersections between capitalism, the prison-industrial complex, the military-industrial complex, entertainment, and dominant culture. We’ll discover that hip hop and poetry are vital tools for staying conscious and empowered.

Instructor: Mic Crenshaw was voted Portland’s Best Hip Hop Artist in 2016 and is one of the most respected artists in the Northwest. In addition to his highly acclaimed work in spoken word and rap, Mic co-founded GlobalFam and Education Without Borders to create and maintain a computer center for youth in Burundi, Africa. Over 400 people have received free training.

Course meetings:

  • Mon Jan 8 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Mon Jan 15 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Mon Jan 22 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Mon Jan 29 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM