Happy black history month day 11 George the Poet

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George the Poet is a British spoken word poetic artist with an interest in social and political issues.

Born to Ugandan parents in NW London he went on to study politics, psychology and sociology at Cambridge University, where he decided to adapt his rap output into poetry to communicate more effectively with his audience.
Mpanga said, “I think rappers are primarily expected to make money for the industry and provide party soundtracks, but obviously there are exceptions and grey areas. The poet’s ‘role’ is usually to provide thoughtful social commentary”.

During his studies, Mpanga won a social enterprise competition, which asked entrants how they would spend £1,000. He used his £16,000 prize to fund The Jubilee Line, a series of secondary school poetry workshops for underprivileged children in London.

He performed at this year’s Brit awards after being nominated for several awards. He is currently touring the UK.

Here is his poem for black history month called ‘Pro Black’.
https://youtu.be/JtRjRbTpyPw

And another about Nelson Mandela:
https://youtu.be/IHZ2L7um_9E

Some others you might like are:

‘There are no choices without chances’- https://youtu.be/rOX1ETA0eUo
I have used this one to get students to think about where their lives are going.

‘Estate of mind’, a poem about having aspirations https://youtu.be/E2ops6bHlw8

‘Go home’, a poem about immigration in the UK. https://youtu.be/iWX48dHQgXo

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