Poetic Mix-Tape Virtual Reading

February 8, 2022 @ 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

On Tuesday, February 8 at 7:30 pm, the O.B. Hardison Poetry Series at the Folger
Shakespeare Library in collaboration with the legendary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum,
present a poetic mix-tape in response to the Rock Hall’s exhibition It’s Been Said All Along:
Voices of Rage, Hope, and Empowerment.

Poets Patricia Spears Jones, Nate Marshall, Reuben Jackson, and Ashley M. Jones (no relation)
read their own poetry and use it to explore the rage, hope and empowerment embedded in the historic
musical legacy of such artists as Public Enemy, Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, and
others. The reading will artfully combine poetry and music from the exhibition.

Tickets for this virtual event are $5 – $30, with a suggested price of $15. Tickets can be purchased
at the Folger Box Office at 202.544.7077 or by visiting www.folger.edu/poetry.

About It’s Been Said All Along: Voices of Rage, Hope, and Empowerment, the Rock & Roll Hall of
Fame says, “musicians have responded in song and action to promote social justice and equality. What
the world is seeing today, as injustices are called out and protesters are finding their voices, is not new.
And neither are the musical responses – words and music and passion converging to create something
much bigger that cuts deep into the rage, gives hope and radiates empowerment.”
The reading will begin with a pop-up exhibition of rare items from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and
Museum and will be followed by a moderated conversation with questions from those in attendance.
This reading is co-sponsored by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.


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