Fall Fest 2013: MC Lyte and Slammin' Rhymes Challenge VIII

2013FallFest_mclyte.jpgFamilies and individuals of all ages are invited for an afternoon of inspiration and cultural entertainment during "Fall Fest 2013," presented by the African-American History Committee of The Indianapolis Public Library, on Saturday, November 16 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Central Library in the Clowes Auditorium, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

In support of this year's program theme, "Lyrics of My Life: My Inspirational Song," the event will feature a presentation by pioneering hip-hop artist MC Lyte (at 1:10 p.m.), who's the author of the book, Unstoppable: Igniting the Power to Achieve Your Greatest Potential. Her message of empowerment as a life-altering agent for change is intended to help women of all ages redefine their essence through unity and truth. The message is described as "old-school and new-school, funny and real" and can inspire both young and old to achieve their greatest potential.

MC Lyte also will help honor winners of the "Slammin' Rhymes Challenge VIII" (at 1:55 p.m.), which provides promising young poets in grades 9 - 12 an opportunity to create and give voice to their poetry. Winners will perform their works prior to the awards ceremony.

Slammin' Rhymes Challenge VIII Entry Form - Due October 28, 2013

"Fall Fest 2013" also will feature a performance and workshop by WHHH Hot 96.3 FM hip-hop personality DJ Wrekk 1 (11:10 a.m.); along with performances by Christian rap artist WillStomp (11:35 a.m.); spoken word artist and human beat box Tony Styx (12 noon); ballet, jazz, tap and explosive hip-hop dance group Traci Urban Jamm Dance Studio; and singer and spoken word artist Nedra "Vokull" Sobule (12:55 p.m.).

This event is sponsored by The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation, Indiana Arts Commission, Flaherty & Collins Properties, and the Dr. Michael R. Twyman Endowment Fund.

A grant from The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust has established a new fund to honor Dr. Michael Twyman, who was the Trust's founding director of grant programs-Indiana for 14 years. Twyman recently was named the director of the University of Arkansas-Little Rock Institute on Race and Ethnicity. The Dr. Michael R. Twyman Endowment Fund will support literacy and educational programs to serve vulnerable, disadvantaged children and adults. Twyman was a champion of the Central Library renovation project and many other Library program initiatives.

"I am extremely humbled by the Pulliam Trust's generosity and delighted that the endowment fund established in my honor will have a continued legacy to support the causes closest to my heart," stated Dr. Twyman. "I am a strong advocate of reading and literacy and an even bigger fan of the Indianapolis Public Library's mission and stellar work in the community. This year's Fall Fest is but one example of the Library's efforts to enrich the lives of Hoosier residents."

For more information about the free Fall Fest 2013, call 275-4099.