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Date Feb 15, 2014 - Apr 24, 2014
Cost free
Sponsor The Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Contact Dennis Sears
Phone 217 333 3777
Event type Other
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Video Contest for High School Students


Produce a 5-minute cell phone/tablet/whatever video ‘interpretation’ of “Speech to the Young,” by Gwendolyn Brooks (individual or group projects welcomed).

Interpretation can mean anything you want it to mean: rap it, snap it, hip-hop it, turn it into an opera aria, whatever!

Winning video will be screened at the April 24, 2014 Celebration of the Gwendolyn Brooks Archives. (7:30 at Lincoln Hall—admission free!)

Winning video receives $300 donation to your favorite school club or library! All entrants receive a book by Gwendolyn Brooks.


Speech to the Young: Speech to the Progress-Toward

Say to them,
say to the down-keepers,
the sun-slappers,
the self-soilers,
the harmony-hushers,
"even if you are not ready for day
it cannot always be night."
You will be right.
For that is the hard home-run.

Live not for battles won.
Live not for the-end-of-the-song.
Live in the along.

Read it, think about it, film it!

Send entries to:
Dennis Sears
The Rare Book & Manuscript Library
1408 W. Gregory Dr., Room 346
Urbana, IL  61801
217 333 7242
Box, Dropbox, etc. welcome!

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