Poet, historian and co-creator of Def Poetry Jam Bruce George will share his talent for the spoken word with the CSU community today as part of the universityâ€™s celebration of Black History Month.
George was chosen over the great-granddaughter of Civil Rights leader Booker T. Washington. He will give his presentation at 7 p.m. in the Cherokee Park Ballroom in the Lory Student Center.
â€œHe seemed like he would be a good person for a younger audience to relate to,â€ said Jaleesa McIntosh, the president of Black Definition, an on-campus advocacy group dedicated to issues in the black community. â€œAs a poet and historian, I feel he would be able to communicate on (the studentsâ€™) level.â€
Black Definition collaborated with the Associated Students of CSU to bring George to the university at the price of $4,000. ASCSU is covering the costs.
The groupâ€™s goal was to get a speaker who will speak specifically about black history. George will provide a perspective on aspects of black history that are less well known, McIntosh said.
â€œI think that he will bring a lot of diversity in the way he presents history and what he presents,â€ she said.
George was born in New York City and has written poetry for 37 years. He has won a Peabody Award, given for excellence in radio and broadcasting for his work on â€œRussell Simmons Presents, Def Poetry.â€
â€œBlack Definition showed appreciation by asking him to come here,â€ McIntosh said, â€œbut it would be great if people of all cultures and backgrounds came to support Black History Month.â€
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What: Spoken word poetry by Def Poetry Jam Co-creator Bruce George
When: 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Lory Student Center, Cherokee Park Ballroom