Just because you’re young, it doesn’t mean you’re voiceless. Go on. Go make a difference and make yourself heard. Not sure where to start? Check out 19-year-old Malcolm London. He speaks powerful, powerful words that strike a chord in people.
Bio from TED.com:
In 2011, Malcolm London won the Louder than a Bomb youth poetry slam in his native Chicago, scooping the top award as both individual performer and with a team. The poet, performer and activist has performed on stages throughout his home city as well as across the United States. A member of the Young Adult Council of the prestigious Steppenwolf Theater, London brings vim and vigor to his energetic performances tackling tough contemporary issues head-on.
London is a member of UCAN’s National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention and a teaching artist on staff at Young Chicago Authors, a program working to transform the lives of young people by cultivating their voices through writing, publication and performance education. Deeply interested in working on ways to improve the national education system, London regularly visits schools to work with current students on writing workshops and performances.
For more information about Malcolm London, go to
- Chicago Tribune article
- Twitter: @MalcolmLondon
- YouTube: MalcolmxLondon
- tumblr: xavierlondon