African American spoken word artist Marshall Davis Jones delivered powerful messages of empowerment and social inclusion to thousands of secondary school students during his visit to Trinidad and Tobago, as part of Speak Out 2015. Jones, who headlined two daily performances over the course of six weeks, impressed local audiences with his skillful blending of street theatre and poetry.
Speak Out 2015, organized by local spoken word artists the 2 Cents Movement and the Bocas Literary Festival, and supported by the Embassy, uses the immensely popular spoken word art form to deliver messages of tolerance and hope to local students.
The project began in 2013 and encourages students to attend workshops on spoken word performance to encourage self-expression. Jones also opened TEDx Port of Spain and performed at the Embassy’s 2015 College Fair.