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February 2005

Release Date: February 4, 2005

Spoken-word Poet to Perform at ASU

Artist, writer and activist Bryonn Bain will perform his spoken-word poetry at Angelo State University on Thursday, Feb. 10.

Bain's work about racial profiling in New York has been chronicled by the national media. His story "Three Days in NYC Jails," which outlines Bain's experiences in a New York City jail, was featured in the Village Voice, the nation's largest progressive weekly newspaper.

Bain will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Houston Harte University Center's C.J. Davidson Conference Center on the ASU campus. His talk is sponsored by the University Center Program Council Speakers Committee and is open free to the public.

Ted Koppel, Chris Mathews, Johnnie Cochran and Oprah Winfrey have all discussed Bain's experiences. After his experience in jail, Bain created "The Bill of Rights for Black Men," an essay published by Harvard Law School.

Bain's performances discuss never losing sight of goals, despite obstacles along the way, and his hopes for a future of equality of human rights.

As a founding member of the Blackout Arts Collaborative, he brings social commentary and empowerment to prisons, theaters and campuses across the country.