Motown Museum will host its sixth annual Motown Mic: The Spoken Word grand finale on Friday, April 12 at The Garden Theater.


The event, which is open to the public, will feature performances from the ten local poets and artists that were selected as finalists from a series of spoken word events hosted by the Museum in March.


The Motown Mic: The Spoken Word grand finale will showcase the finalists performing an original, Motown-inspired poetry piece with the winner being selected from a panel of judges. The winner will be named 2019 Motown Mic: The Spoken Word Artist of the Year and will win a $1,500 cash prize and have their work published on a literary broadside. The night will also include a performance from Alise & Reign, the 2018 winners of our Motown Mic AMPLIFY: The Sound of Detroit singing competition.


Motown Mic: The Spoken Word was created to pay homage to Motown Records’ Black Forum Label—a Motown spoken word label created by Berry Gordy and the Motown Corporation in the ‘70s as a venue for Black expression and education. The label served to capture the voices of African American poets and orators such as Langston Hughes, Stokely Carmichael, Elaine Brown, Ossie Davis and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose moving and inspirational “I Have A Dream” speech was recorded by the label. As Motown revolutionized the music industry, its Black Forum Label documented the social consciousness of a generation—Motown Mic: The Spoken Word is a continuation of that rich legacy.


Open to the public, tickets are $15 in advance and $10 at the door. Advanced ticket purchase is encouraged as the event is likely to sell out. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Event starts at 8 p.m.


For more information on Motown Museum, including hours of operation, visit or call 313.875.2264.




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