Sharrif Simmons Lecture: "The Social and Political Evolution of Hip Hop: A Personal Journey"

The UAB African American Studies Program presents poet, musician, activist, and arts educator Sharrif Simmons on October 4, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in the Alumni Theater of the Hill Student Center.
Simmons Lecture FlyerThe UAB African American Studies Program presents Sharrif Simmons on October 4, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in the Alumni Theater of the Hill Student Center. His lecture, "The Social and Political Evolution of Hip Hop: A Personal Journey "will highlight his political insights and personal experiences through a unique blend of music, poetry, and spoken-word. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Sharrif Simmons is a poet, musician, activist, and arts educator who uses his music and spoken-word poetry to speak to the social and political issues of our time. He has travelled extensively throughout Europe and the United States sharing his poetry and music on college campuses and art festivals. Simmons has performed with such artists as the late Gil Scott-Heron, rapper Mos Def, actor Wood Harris, Talib Kweli, and many others. His poetry is featured in a collection of poems entitled "Fast Cities and Objects That Burn" published by Moore Black Publishing Company in 1999. 

His film credits include appearances in the movies "Panther," "Slam," and the full-length documentary "Hughes" shown on the Bravo and Black Starz Networks. He has also been recognized for his musical contributions to the soundtrack of the four-time Emmy winning documentary, “Thornton Dial Has Something to Say."

Since relocating from New York to Birmingham in 2004, Simmons has become a symbol of and advocate for the arts. He has been an invited guest curator for the Birmingham Civil Right Institute’s Human Rights Exhibit where he helped design and program a permanent exhibit featuring a video performance of his human rights poem “Walk with Me.” He was instrumental in the creation of the children’s arts education programs at the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center. Those efforts led to the creation of ArtPlay, for which he currently serves an outreach educator. 

Simmons is also an arts educator, teaching poetry to Birmingham-area middle school students through a grant provided by the Alys Stephens Center. In 2010 he co-founded the Birmingham Arts and Music festival (BAAMFEST).

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