SAVE THE DATE – 2016 NCRM Drop The Mic Poetry Slam is August 13

Submission Deadline is Monday, July 18, 2016 – This Year’s Theme is “And Justice for All!”

 The National Civil Rights Museum (NCRM) is looking for young poets to share their creativity in a poetry slam with an emphasis on equality and justice, now. “And Justice for All!” is the theme for the 3rd Annual National Civil Rights Museum Drop the Mic Poetry Slam on August 13, 2016. Poets in the age groups of 14 – 17, 18 – 25 and 26 – 35 can compete for two top cash prizes per age group at $1,000 and $750.

We are starting early so poets can save the date for this event. “The Drop the Mic Poetry Slam was spectacular the first two years, each year surpassing the last in attendance, buzz, and creativity,” said Faith Morris, NCRM Chief Marketing and External Affairs Officer. “We hope that this year with everything that has transpired in this country our justice theme will bring out the passion in our young poets. The Slam provides participants with a platform to artistically express themselves about important issues facing society.”

Submissions must be original works addressing the topic “And Justice for All!” Each entrant must submit a YouTube or Vimeo video link in their online registration. Videos should be no longer than 2 minutes. Only one entry per person will be considered. All videos must be received by Monday, August 1, 2016 by 5pm.

Top finalists will be selected and must perform live in front of a panel of spoken word judges at the National Civil Rights Museum on Saturday, August 13, at 5pm in order to win. For more information and to enter visit

The hashtags used this year with information about the Poetry Slam are #JusticeForAll, #NCRMDropTheMic.  Event supporters are encouraged to share through social media.

About The National Civil Rights Museum

The NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM, located at the historic Lorraine Motel where civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, is the only Museum of its kind in the country that gives a comprehensive overview of the American Civil Rights Movement from 1619 to the present. The Museum is intended to bring the movement to life, place the events in a historical perspective and provide a focus of national remembrance. Since the Museum opened in 1991, millions of visitors from around the world have come, including more than 70,000 students annually. Recognized as a center for civil rights and social change, the Museum is steadfast in its mission to share the culture and lessons from the Movement and explore how this significant era continues to shape equality and freedom globally.

Through interactive exhibits, historic collections, storytelling, dynamic speakers and events, the museum offers visitors a chance to walk through history and learn more about a tumultuous and inspiring period of change. Then, invites you to Join the Movement, take a stand and share your voice on issues that impact our society.

An internationally acclaimed cultural institution, the Museum was recognized as USA Today’s Top 10 Best American Iconic Attractions; Top 10 Best Historical Spots in the U.S. by TLC’s Family Travel; Must See by the Age of 15 by Budget Travel and Kids; Top 10, American Treasures by USA Today; and Best Memphis Attraction by The Commercial Appeal.