SNAP! Free Word

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Martin Luther King Day at Davidson always includes expressions of the enduring need to guard civil rights. There was a new expression this year—spoken word. Ten students in the campus group, “Free Word,” contributed their voices, individually and in groups. They spoke truth to power in the sincere, angry, deep, and clever way of youth. Some recited works by famous poets. Danielle Dory ’12 (left) recited her poem, “Will Not Run,” a product of her study in Amsterdam last fall, when she worked with an organization promoting the rights of Middle Eastern and African migrants in Western Europe. Danielle told me, “Music and words are strong ways to voice your opinion, bring people together and seek understanding. You’ll sometimes hear a song and think, ‘That’s just what I was thinking!’ And I think spoken word often has the same effect.”

—Bill Giduz

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