Motown Museum gears up for "Motown Mic: The Spoken Word" grand finale event

Posted at 6:33 AM, May 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-20 10:15:42-04

The Motown Museum will present its fifth annual Motown Mic: The Spoken Word grand finale and the inaugural Motown Mic winner One Single Rose, at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 25 at The Garden Theater in Detroit.

The event, which is open to the public, will feature performances from spoken word artists that were selected as finalists from a series of spoken word events hosted by the Museum earlier this spring. 

Motown Mic: The Spoken Word will showcase the finalists performing an original, Motown-inspired poetry piece with the winner being selected from a panel of judges. The winning artist will receive $1,000, have their piece published on a literary broadside and will be featured on the Motown Museum website as the 2018 Motown Mic: The Spoken Word Artist of the Year. During the event, both Angela Davis with Shades of Blue and Motown IGNITE Summer Camp students will be performing.

Motown Mic: The Spoken Word was created to pay homage to the Black Forum Label—a Motown spoken word label created by Berry Gordy and the Motown Corporation in the ‘70s as a platform for Black expression and education. 

Pre-sale tickets for the event are now available for $15 at  and general admission is $20 at the door. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m.