Published: Jan 15, 2013 07:00 PM
Modified: Jan 15, 2013 04:53 PM
In celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Town of Chapel Hill sponsored The Word Project, a poetry contest for town employees.
Employees were encouraged to submit poems that emphasized the values espoused by Dr. King, were based on his life story, or referenced a direct quote of his. Entries were submitted in December and were judged by special guest judge C.J. Suitt, Chapel Hill resident and co-founder of the Sacrificial Poets, a youth poetry organization.
The winners of The Word Project poetry contest are: First Place:
Untitled Homage to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dave Almond, Stormwater Management Second Place:
Finding Brotherhood Emily Cameron, Public Works Third Place:
From Where I Sit Faith M. Thompson, Ombuds Office Honorable Mention
Free At Last?? Lisa Baaske, Parks & Recreation
Winners will read their poems at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Employee Celebration on Friday and will also have their poems displayed on bus cards in Chapel Hill Transit buses from late January through March 2013. All the poems submitted will be displayed in Chapel Hill Town Hall through Feb. 27.
Here is the First Place poem by Dave Almond. Untitled Homage to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Now innocent is the past So thoroughly and well interred Guiltless is the conscience then Irreproachably inured As I speak I and you speak you So quiet here these days we stand How same the world is in our eyes How change is ever in our hands How beneath the strain we bend How from our lips a cry is rent Of how the fallen rise again And what their fall has meant Does it not mean we all have dreams To which we cling to whit Does that not mean our dreams are there Cant they be the things we share As each day we build anew The World. The Dream. Me. You.
The Word Project is organized and sponsored by the Town of Chapel Hill Public and Cultural Arts Office in conjunction with the Chapel Hill Transit, Parks and Recreation and Public Works Departments.
The Town of Chapel Hills Public and Cultural Arts Office, a division of the Parks and Recreation Department, develops and implements art programs to increase public access to the arts, provides opportunities for local artists to display their work, and promotes public understanding and awareness of the arts.
The Office is advised by and works collaboratively with the Chapel Hill Public Arts Commission, an 11-member volunteer board established in 1992 and appointed by the Town Council.
Learn more at townofchapelhill.org/index.aspx?page=65
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