Dayton Human Relations Council

Weekend Events Are Forum for Speaking Out on Gun Violence Includes Billboard Bus Tour, Poetry Grand Slam

Release Date: Thursday, April 23, 2015

Contact: Erica Fields, Human Relations Council, 937‑333‑1413


A bus tour of billboards displaying images related to gun violence and a ʺgrand slamʺ spoken word competition are among the highlights of the 2015 Speak. Be Heard. Be Considered. program presented by the Dayton Human Relations Council. Events are scheduled at various locations on April 24 and 25.

Speak. Be Heard. Be Considered events are designed to help the community use hip‑hop and artistic expression to speak out on gun violence and to strengthen the relationship between law enforcement and the community. The 13‑billboard exhibit features images from the Kin Killin Kin series by artist James Pate.

Event schedule:

Friday, April 24, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Get on the Bus Tour featuring James Pateʹs Kin Killin Kin series, ending at University of Dayton ArtStreet for a 1World dancing in the streets celebration at 6:45 p.m.

Bus tour pick‑up locations (5:00 p.m.):

Wesley Community Center, 3730 Delphos Ave.

Omega Baptist Church, 1821 Emerson Ave.

Fairview Elementary, 2314 Elsmere Ave.

Saturday, April 25; 6:00 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)

Grand Slam featuring Poets, Writers and Rhymers from Dayton high schools. Hosted by Metaphorically Speaking, featuring special guests Joseph Green, David Sandbloom and the Total Redemption Dance Company Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St.

For more information, call 937‑333‑1413 or go to

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