The Spook Who Spat By The Dat

October 5, 2020

    Monday, October 5

    free and open to the public

    Woolly Mammoth is thrilled to partner with Spit Dat on monthly spoken word performances. All performances are free and open to the public.

    The Spook Who Spat By The Dat

    Spit Dat: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 on Zoom!
    Virtual Lobby Opens at 7:30PM, Event from 8-9:30PM
    Facebook Live Stream Begins at 8PM

    Features: Kim B. Miller and 13 of Nazareth

    In 1969, Sam Greenlee published the controversial novel The Spook Who Sat by the Door. It told the story of a Black CIA operative who took the tools of an oppressive system and used them to train young Black inner-city men to uprise against the government through guerrilla tactics. In Mr. Greenlee's words, the purpose of the book and its 1973 film adaptation was "to encourage Blacks to create an action plan to 'survive in the belly of the beast', rather than always reacting as victims of a racist society." Both the novel and film became cult classics.

    Fast forward to 2020, where we find ourselves once again in contentious sociopolitical times. What better time to invite our audience to stop being all right with not being all right? To put forward the "cleverlutionary" words, which will inspire audiences to use all the skills they've amassed toward the healing and rebuilding of their own communities?

    In The Spook Who Sat by the Door, part of the guerrilla training of the Cobras included the study and appreciation of Black poetry. We know that these are poets who would make Mr. Greenlee proud; "spooking" the establishment with the "spitting" of their revolutionary spells.

    Join us on October 5th for The Spook Who Spat by the Dat in honoring the revolutionary ideals professed in Mr. Greenlee's work. Get the chance to spit alongside our fantastic hosts and features on the OPEN MIC! The list is filling up fast, so if you want to get on the mic, sign up for a slot here and don't forget to book your tickets below!

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