Monday, May 20th (6:00-7:30 p.m.)
Meeting Room, 2nd Floor
Legler Regional Branch
115 S. Pulaski Rd.
Chicago, IL 60624
free and open to the public, all ages
Join Keith M. Kelley, the principal founder and Artistic Director of The Funky Wordsmyths, as he recounts what some might call his band's revolutionary mission. This dynamic spoken word band performed their "hard hittin blak poetry n muzik" from the '90s to the early 2000s. The Funky Wordsmyths delivered their social commentary in the traditions of both African griots and their predecessors such as The Last Poets, Gil Scott-Heron and Chicago's own Oscar Brown Jr., featuring some of Chicago's finest poets and musicians. This extremely talented and colorful cast of characters rallied behind Kelley's vision to unapologetically tell their stories through words and music.
This program is presented by Borderbend, in partnership with the Legler Library, as part of a program series at the Legler Regional Branch of the Chicago Public Library system.