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Spoken word artist and activist Walida Imarisha performs at UPS with Fab-5 crew

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on April 18, 2013 at 5:08 am |
April 16, 2013 10:35 am

 

Walidah Imarisha. Courtesy photo.
Walidah Imarisha. Courtesy photo.

Walidah Imarisha, a spoken word artist, educator, writer, and innovative voice on issues of youth and justice, will perform with the Fab-5 artistic youth group next Thursday, April 25, at the University of Puget Sound.

The performance is free.

Imarisha, a teacher in Portland State University’s Black Studies Department, Oregon State University’s women’s studies program and Southern New Hampshire University’s English department, will address how educational systems often alienate youth through a hidden racism.

“Students feel marginalized, silenced, invisibilized, demonized, criminalized, without that being said explicitly,” Imarisha told UPS Professor Dexter Gordon in a recent interview. “They’re not learning about themselves and everything they do learn about themselves is negative. Many young, brilliant folks have dropped out of school because they were saving their spirits. And we have to see that as a survival tactic.”

Fab-5 is a Tacoma youth organization that offers creative outlets for underserved urban youth, including DJing, spoken word and writing, breakdancing and visual art.

The evening is the final in a series of three public events titled “American Voices: Invisibility, Art and Educational Justice” presented by the university’s Race and Pedagogy Initiative.

7 p.m. April 25. Free. Schneebeck Concert Hall, UPS, North 17th Street and Union Avenue, Tacoma. 253-879-3555, pugetsound.edu

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