KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate Students Take First Place in Louder Than a Bomb Competition. Two of the poets, Michelle Garcia and Temitope Shelola, will be joining the Massachusetts State Team at Brave New Voices in San Francisco

The first place win at this year’s Louder Than a Bomb is the culmination of a four year journey for KALC’s Indigo Society Poets.  On Saturday, May 6, at the Strand Theater in Dorchester,  Michelle Garcia, Kingsley Metelus, Temitope (Tope) Shelola,  Hannah Parker, Haja Ba and Destiny Fernandez won first place after taking the stage to compete in the Louder than a Bomb competition.  This is a follow up release to the April 27, 2017 Boston Globe article@ https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/2017/04/27/this-year-louder-than-bomb-poetry-festival-seems-more-political-than-ever/RlpDp5SbIPxBfrdfzGbdgK/story.html.  Michelle Garcia and Tope Shelola will join the Massachusetts State Team at Brave New Voices in San Francisco.  Pictured above (from left to right) Michelle Garcia, Kingsley Metelus, Tope Shelola and Hannah Parker.   All the following topics were student-led:

    Personifying chains:  examining the oppression and empowerment associated with the object

    Dismantling our current discourse on feminism – offering a different perspective on The Women’s March

    Expectations from families on what it means to be a woman or man

   Critically looking at the relationship between spoken word, social justice, white liberalism, and authentic activism

“The first place win at this year’s Louder Than a Bomb is the culmination of a four year journey for KALC’s Indigo Society Poets. Witnessing the founding members achieve first out of 44 teams, after making it to final stage the last three years, is an unparalleled moment in my career. I’m incredibly proud of not only the competing six poets: Michelle, Tope, Kingsley, Hannah, Destiny, and Haja, but also of the Indigo Society Poets in the audience who were with us throughout the entire writing process— offering edits, keeping time, and supporting the competitors with every stroke of the pen. Indigo Society Poets is a family. Through courage, humor, and creativity these students have built a community where pushing one another and raising their voices against oppressive systems is the norm. Keep an eye out for them this summer… two of our poets, Michelle and Tope, will be joining the Massachusetts’ state team at Brave New Voices in San Francisco, and our team is currently collaborating on a piece for the Juneteenth celebration and KIPP School Summit.” – Kerri Brown, KALC ELA Teacher and Spoken Word Coach