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Motown Museum hosting spoken word contest grand finale

Associated Press

Detroit — The Motown Museum is hosting the finale of its third annual spoken word competition series.

The Motown Mic: The Spoken Word Grand Finale is set for Friday night at Detroit’s Garden Theater. The event, hosted by poet, playwright and producer Jessica Care Moore, will feature performances by 10 poets and artists selected as finalists from a series of events held earlier this spring.

The finalists perform Motown-inspired pieces and compete for a top spot and $1,000 cash prize.

The events pay tribute to Motown Records’ spoken-word label of the 1960s.

Motown’s Black Forum Label was created for black expression and education. Recordings included the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

Details and ticket information are posted on the museum’s website.