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Lee Mokobe    

Transgender Slam Poet

Based in Cape Town, Lee Mokobe is an award-winning slam poet and the founder of Vocal Revolutionaries, a volunteer-run literary organization focused on empowering African youth. In 2013, Mokobe's South African slam poetry team, also called Vocal Revolutionaries, made it to the final stage of the Brave New Voices global poetry competition in Chicago. The first team from the African continent to compete, they came second of the 55 teams in the world that were shortlisted.

Mokobe is a teaching artist across the United States and a 2015 TED Fellow.



Transgender Slam Poet Reciting Powerful Poem

During the event, the 19-year old poet and activist, whose work deals with social injustice and gender identity issues, delivered a stirring autobiographical poem in which he came out as transgender.

Vocal Revolutionary and Young TED Fellow Lee Mokobe

in 2012, Lerato put together the first team from Africa to compete in the Brave New Voices slam competition, held that year in San Francisco.

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