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Illuminate Open Mic series joins DPL to promote youth literacy

Bright Moor youth author Michelle Britt reads an excerpt from her book during the Illuminate Open Mic event at the Redford Public Library on Monday.

Bright Moor youth author Michelle Britt reads an excerpt from her book during the Illuminate Open Mic event at the Redford Public Library on Monday.

DETROIT — Approximately 40 residents and local artists turned out to the Redford Branch of the Detroit Pubic Library (DPL) to help kickoff the summer youth reading program with a special Illuminate Open Mic event May 20. The program featured open mic artists Clearetha “Peace the Poetess” Robinson, Dahlia Reynolds, Wolfi G, 11-year-old aspiring author Michelle Britt and others.

“We all came out to teach and share our joy of literacy with youth,” said host Corey “Jami Tata” McCord. “We’re doing it at the libraries because they are an underutilized resource in our communities.”

Starting in July, the Illuminate Open Mic series will host similar events for youth ages 12-18 every Monday at the Redford Library at 21200 Grand River Ave. and every Wednesday at the DPL’s Main Branch located at 5201 Woodward Ave.

The theme of the program is “Building up Youth in the Community.” It is designed to promote youth literacy in Detroit and encourage entrepreneurial education among young artists.

“After they perform their art and poetry here, they can have an opportunity to slam and support their entrepreneurial ventures and artistic endeavors,” said McCord.

Those that perform can win a laptop computer, tablet, printer or artist residence. There are also opportunities for youth adults ages 19-24. For more information, call 313.986.1907.

 

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