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Poetry performances to help end violence against women

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The organizers of RED4NC and Speak Up! have teamed up for a female poetry event that will entertain, provoke and inspire. The performance is part of the N.C. Arts Council 50th anniversary celebration.

Speak Up!, an annual poetry event organized by Brittany Wilson and Antionette Kerr, began in 2012 as a celebration of literary arts and also approaches community concerns with a theme for each installment. The fourth session will feature an all-female poetry performance and raise funds for the Hattie Lee Burgess Domestic Violence Shelter of Family Services of Davidson County at Sophie’s Cork and Ale on at 7 p.m. Oct. 5.

Tickets in advance at $12. Tickets will be available at the performance for $15 and $10 for students with a valid ID, As always, donations are welcomed and appreciated. Food and beverages will be available throughout the evening for purchase from Sophie’s regular menu.

Last year’s sold-out performance followed FSDC’s vigil remembering women whose lives were tragically lost to domestic violence. Organizers encourage community members to attend the vigil and the poetry performance in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The dais includes spoken word poets, artists and educators including Greensboro-based author and actress Nakesha Writes. The evening will also include special selections from local survivors and members of RED4NC.

Julia Toone, executive director of Family Services, expressed the agency’s excitement about the event.

“We are grateful to Speak Up! and RED4NC for their support during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic Violence is a community issue. It touches the lives of the children and extended family of the victim, neighbors, employers, law enforcement and the medical community,” she said. “Family Services of Davidson County has been providing services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Davidson County for more than 20 years. These services would not be possible without the support of the community and groups like Speak Up! and RED4NC.”

The poetry topics will range from original pieces to inspirational poems by well-known artists and poetry contributed by local survivors. Jo DeLosSantos will be the emcee for the evening with musical selections by Allison Crowell.

Sponsors for the event can make checks directly to Family Services of Davidson County (include Speak Up! In the memo line). All proceeds will benefit FSDC and help to end partner violence.

Culled from The-Dispatch.

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