With a unique confluence of education, arts, and youth leadership, hip-hop has become one of the most innovative leadership development and youth engagement tools over the past two decades. Hip-hop is more than just a genre of music; it has transcended its origins from urban settings into the mainstream. This phenomena is a staple form of media with which today’s youth can identify and has been cited as a best practice - serving as a catalyst for reaching youth where they are in order to get and keep them engaged in learning, civic activism, leadership, organizing, and revitalizing their neighborhoods.
As part of the next Speak, Be Heard, Be Considered, The Human Relations Council will collaborate its efforts with Wright State University’s Bolinga Black Cultural Center and their sponsored Dear Dr. Hip- Hop Series to harness the cultural relevance of hip-hop music - the goal being for it to serve as a catalyst for non-violence advocacy and other societal concerns fundamental to the well-being of young adults throughout the City of Dayton. Dear Dr. Hip-Hop, an urban social/music forum that features arts and entertainment industry executives and Grammy winning rap artists/activists, is designed to convene community and cultural leaders to support an academic and cultural collaboration of contemporary urban music and entertainment.
This panel, infused with the elements of Speak, Be Heard, Be Considered will serve as the conduit for conversation and empowerment; using hip hop as the lens to explore multiple facets of community relations in the Dayton area and cultivate young adult community activism.