Hip Hop & Education Teacher Institute-Rock Hall of Fame, Cleveland, OH
Posted Jul 4 2006
This institute was designed to teach educators about hip hop and ways to incorprate hip hop into the classroom. Participants got to learn from the likes of Chuck D, Kool Herc, Jeff Chang, Shamako Noble, Bakari Kitwana, Marcella Runell, Gabriel Benn, Dr. Ismail Conway, and a host of others. Yours truly also did a number of workshop. The conference took place at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum and was jointly sponsored by H2Ed. Participants came from as far away as Edmonton, Canada's Boyle Street school and represented organizations such as Seattles' chapter of the Zulu Nation
Beyond the conference itself, some of us got into the community and kicked it at an amazing open mic night at B Side (don't let the website fool you) and at WJCU. Of course we got to explore the museum, which featured performances of the likes of Harvy Fuqua of the Moonglows.
I could rave about this one for days. It was great time for all and I have a greater appreciation for Cleveland. Thanks to Susan, Jason, John, Martha, Rolondo, and the countless others who made this institute possible!