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Town Hall Seattle: Arts & Culture Series

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Jan 23, 2020

At the intersection of art and organizing, activists have found success combating white supremacy. Town Hall presented one such activist award-winning poet, educator, and Take Em Down NOLA coalition co-founder A Scribe Called Quess? He delivered poems from his latest book Sleeper Cell, investigating the institutionalized racism and disenfranchisement of Black youth.

A Scribe Called Quess? told the story of a struggle that culminated with the successful organizing of Take Em Down NOLA to remove four white supremacist monuments in New Orleans in 2017. He explored the history of white supremacist symbolism in New Orleans from a global and deep time perspective, zooming in to the decades long struggle to remove these symbols. Along the way, A Scribe Called Quess? connected the symbols of white supremacy that litter New Orleans to the history of racist violence that they reflect and endorse to the present day systemic oppression and state sanctioned violence they give license to. Listen in as A Scribe Called Quess? presented a poetic and civic exploration of the fight against white supremacy.

A Scribe Called Quess? is a 2-time national poetry slam champion and founding member of Slam New Orleans. He is also an educator, actor, playwright, activist and organizer.

Nikkita Oliver is a Seattle-based creative, community organizer, abolitionist, and attorney. She is also a case manager for Creative Justice, an arts project aimed at transforming the criminal legal system and providing space for young people to be self-empowered and self-determined.

Presented by Town Hall Seattle and Project Pilgrimage. Recorded live in The Forum on January 17, 2020.