The Office of Multicultural Programs hosted Spoken Word Poetry Nights in spring 2016.


The series launched in February as part of the University’s Black History Month student programming. It was so well-attended that organizers added an encore performance in March.


“Although poetry or open-mic nights are not new at Stritch, the purpose of the Spoken Word Poetry Night series may be the first of its kind,” said Joanna Brooks, multicultural program coordinator. “We are intentional about acknowledging and celebrating different cultural groups and using poetry as the medium.”


Local poet Ajamou Butler hosted Spoken Word Poetry Night and shared a few of his most inspirational pieces. Performing at the Milwaukee City Hall, Pearls for Teen Girls, Riverwest/Harambee Collective, St. Charles Youth and Family Services, and local high schools, Butler is well known in the Milwaukee area.


Several Stritch students also performed original poetry, including DaVida Brown, Alexis Humphrey, Deja Junior, Jayvon Strothers and Donnie Williams.


“This experience gave our student poets the opportunity to express and share their creativity,” Brooks said. “It also served as an opportunity for these students to share their experiences and take a stance on issues facing the African American community. Equally important is the impact the performances had on the audience.”


View a video of student DaVida Brown's performance of "I am a Woman."


Photo and video courtesy of Brittany Hawley and the Office of Multicultural Programs.