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Cheltenham HS “Artivists” to Perform at Election-Themed Spoken Word Event at Elkins Park’s Rose Petals Café

Khalil Byrd Four Cheltenham High School “artivists” will take the stage to contribute to ongoing political dialogue as part of the voting-themed “Election Vibes” spoken word event at Rose Petals Cafe in the Yorktown Plaza in Elkins Park on Thursday, Nov. 1 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

“Bring your fire. Bring your rage. Bring your pen,” said CHS Poetry Club advisor and English teacher Avril Somerville. “CHS slam poet artivists are ecstatic about displaying their art, scholarship and political convictions and adding to the national conversation around issues pertinent to them.”

The quartet of Dennis Hawkins a.k.a. Abodi jean, Joi Richard-Summerville a.k.a. Joi, Clarence Clark a.k.a. ROii, and Khalil Byrd a.k.a. Lil' The Martian are members of the CHS Poetry club, and will perform for CHS students and families as the nation inches closer to election day. November’s election will be the first in which many of the students in attendance will be eligible to vote.

“We are super excited for this event, and we’re especially interested in hearing what the artivists have to say,” said Jania Daniels, who owns Rose Petals Cafe with her husband Desmin. “As parents of three young kids, we feel it’s extremely important to get kids involved in discussion about what is going on in our country at a young age. We are living in a very serious and important time, and while some of these kids may not be able to vote yet, we believe getting these children involved now can only help them control their futures.”

The event will be emceed by Quentin Williams of the Saint Harriet Equation, and feature several seasoned poets and a comic. CHS instrumentalists will perform before the free event, but guests are encouraged to make a $5 donation to the Cheltenham School District.