Nike Black History Month Poetry Contest

February 19th, 2009 by Larry

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Contest winner, Kedarius Peoples, on stage performing in the GameChangers “Beat The Odds” tee designed by Epidemik Coalition’s Georgios Saliaris. Photo by Ross Martin

Atlanta high school students got together this morning to compete in a spoken word showdown on the subject of GameChangers in celebration of Black History Month. GameChanger’s emcee & “voice of Atlanta”, DJ Greg Street, introduced speaker Divine Bradley who came with a message to inspire the youth in attendance to follow their dreams. Georgios, Ross, and myself were really impressed with his presence and ability to motivate.

Soon afterward, the spoken word contestants assumed the stage while their student counterparts cheered them on with fervor. I was blown away with their performances and passion for changing-the-game with subject matter ranging from family members who inspire them, Rosa Parks, Correta Scott King, and Barack Obama’s ideal of change for America.

A panel of celebrity judges included Angelo Taylor (4-time Olympic Gold Medalist) and current Atlanta Falcons players Curtis Lofton and Jamaal Anderson. They crowned Kedarius Peoples of Cedar Grove High School (Senior) as the 1st place winner. He took home a $1,000 scholarship to pursue his dreams and a pair of the exclusive Nike Sportswear Black History Month Air Force 1 sneakers that were designed and inspired by the rich history of African American culture.

It’s great to see Nike’s involvement in the Atlanta community and as always, they do it right and they do it BIG.

EC’s own, Ross Martin, took some great shots of the event. Check out our selects from today after the jump. More to come in next week’s Photo Friday…

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Divine Bradley speaks out to Atlanta High Schoolers.

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The crowd responds positively to a spoken word contestant.

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Swoosh doing it right.

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Nike Black History Month Air Force 1 – Comes with a commemorative storage bag

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Nike Black History Month Air Force 1 – Heel Lasering Detail

Bonus Video:
Kaos from thekaoseffect.com sent over his video of Grand Hustle’s Yung LA making a surprise appearance at this morning’s event.

Yung LA @ Nike Black History Month Event in ATL from Señor Kaos on Vimeo.

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