If you haven’t heard of this project commemorating the greatest speech in American history, you should check out the website. Here Elmo recites it, but watch Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Carter and a number of folks from all walks of public life.
The site encourages you to upload your own recitation! If you do, share it with us, too!
An oft forgotten genre of interpretation, watch Kerry Washington kill it with Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I a Woman.”
A new study shows students involved in debate excel in academics and have better attendance.
From the website:
"Louder Than a Bomb tells the story of four Chicago high school poetry teams as they prepare to compete in the world’s largest youth slam. By turns hopeful and heartbreaking, the film captures the turbulent lives of these unforgettable kids, exploring the ways writing shapes their world, and vice versa. Louder Than a Bomb is not about “high school poetry” as we often think of it. It’s about language as a joyful release, irrepressibly talented teenagers obsessed with making words dance. While the topics they tackle are often deeply personal, what they put into their poems-and what they get out of them-is universal: the defining work of finding one’s voice.”
Some really interesting history about the former segregation in collegiate debate—and the brave schools who broke the barrier in the South.
A good read; worth your time.