Black History Month Dub Poetry Video Contest

Martin Luther King Jr shared his dream of a world where all people lived in peace and harmony. In many of his speeches, he celebrated the end of the first phase of the civil rights movement, securing the political and legal rights of African Americans. To highlight this accomplishment, U.S. Embassy Kingston is pleased to announce an opportunity for Jamaican youth to participate in the Black History Month Dub Poetry Video Contest. The purpose of the contest is to encourage students to reflect upon Dr. King’s life and work; and promote themes of nonviolence, diversity, and unity in a fun and creative way.

Description of Contest
Inspired by MLKJ quote: “Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time: the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to violence and oppression.”, participants will be asked to record an original one minute video, where he/she creatively conveys a positive message through dub poetry.

The top three videos from the list of submitted entries will be posted on Embassy’s Facebook page for public voting on February 19, 2019.

A panel of judges will determine the winners of the (1st, 2nd and 3rd)

Areas of focus:

  • Creativity and originality
  • Clear message to identify nonviolence, diversity and unity
  • A Jamaican focus

First place winner will receive an iPad, while 2nd and third prize winners will receive a Boss Headphone and Fitness Watch respectively.

How to Enter
Participants must submit video, first and last name, date of birth, contact number and email address. Caption video using hashtag #OutofManyOne. The video submission can be in any format accepted by Facebook, and should not be longer than one minute.
Contestants may submit no more than one video. Submission must be an original video, produced by the contestant.
Submit to: kingstonsocialmedia@state.gov
Deadline: February 15, 2019.

 Contest Rules and Requirements
Contest open to youth ages 12-17 years – Jamaican Nationals only
Entries submitted must be original pieces from the performers
Each performance should be no longer than one minute
Poems must focus on the theme: nonviolence, diversity and unity. Theme should also be inspired by Dr, Martin Luther King’s quote: Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time: the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to violence and oppression.”
Contestants may be creative in style but they may not play an instrument or use recorded music.
Winners to be announced on Thursday, February 28, 2019. 

Important Dates:

Monday February, 4, 2019          Contest opens
Friday, February 15, 2019           Submission deadline
Tuesday, February 19, 2019       Facebook voting
Thursday, February 28, 2019      Winners notified

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