Speak Williams is a musical artist, performer, and speaker who travels the country inspiring people through poetry, music and passion for service. From emceeing to freestyle to spoken word and theatre he is a versatile and powerful performer. In 2008 Williams helped create and perform a show called The Art of Word with Muse Machine in Dayton, OH where he completed a 27 school tour in the Greater Dayton Area along with another poet. He has shared stages with notable acts such as Dominique Christina, Sunni Patterson and Cola Rum. In 2013 he performed an original monologue for the production Suite Rosa at the historic Lincoln Theatre alongside the Columbus Jazz Orchestra and world renowned Composer/Bassist John Clayton. In addition to his musical and performance talent he is equally as skilled as an educator. He has completed a residency with The Wexner Center for the Arts teaching French exchange students how to create poetry through the visual arts. He also held workshops for the Wexner Center to help teachers implement Hip-Hop principles (improvisation, self-awareness, critical thinking, social criticism) into their curriculum as way to connect with youth and increase their productivity. Williams has designed and facilitated projects such as The Blackberry Patch Project with The Jazz Arts Group and Champion Middle School, which taught students how to chronicle the past, present, and future of their neighborhood through poetry. Building upon that, he spent the entire academic 2014-2015 teaching 5 classes of students grades 6-8 using music and music history as an intervention strategy. It’s from this work, he plans to officially launch his organization Urban Scribe in 2017. He helped organize and presented at the first annual Hip-Hop Literacies Conference at The Ohio State University. Williams has been an instructor with The Jazz Academy (Jazz Arts Group) where he taught students about song composition, performance, and recording arts. “Speak” is formerly a speaker with international company, R.E.A.C.H. Communications, INC. where he was able to speak, perform and conduct numerous keynotes and writing workshops for youth across the country. He currently serves on the boards of Music Loves Ohio, former board member of the Dick and Jane project. He is alumni of the Next Generation of Leaders in Non-Profit and a fellow of the Lincoln Theatre and GCAC artist incubation program. He is married with 5 children is a proud resident of the King Lincoln District.
Saturday, March 4
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Venue: New Harvest Cafe / 1675 Arlington Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211 / (614) 447-8810