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Malcolm London      

Young Poet, Educator and Activist; Known for his TED Talk, "High School Training Ground"

Called the Gil-Scott Heron of this generation by Cornel West, Malcolm London is a young Chicago poet, performer, activist and educator.

As an organizer, London was part of a historic youth delegation to the United Nations in Geneva to address police violence in Chicago. Deeply interested in working on ways to improve the national education system, London regularly visits high schools, youth jails, colleges and communities to work with students on writing workshops and performances. London, also runs the largest youth open mic in Chicago along his side friend Chance The Rapper. He sees art as the intersection between justice and poetic imagination.

He has appeared on several TED Talks with John Legend and Bill Gates, and host events and performances with friend and fellow YCA alum Chance the Rapper and rapper Lupe Fiasco. His performances of poetry have taken place all across Chicago including at the Chicago Jazz Festival, the Du Sable Museum, and Steppenwolf Theater. He was the winner of Louder Than A Bomb Youth Poetry Festival 2011, taking first place as an individual performer. With his team, he has performed in venues across the country.

London is now taking what he's learned from teaching and becoming an activist and putting it into music. London was one of three artists profiled in the Billboard Documentary piece, “Saving Chicago: Inside Hip-Hops Movement to Make Chicago a Better Place” when his debut project "#OPIA", released in October 2016. In 2018, London released his first documentary, "Some Call It A Conspiracy: A Malcolm London Story" featuring Chance The Rapper.

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Young chicago poet malcolm london speaks up for education on ted ...

On Tuesday night, if you tune into PBS' one-hour special "TED Talks Education," you'll see host John Legend and an array of prominent speakers, including Bill ...

The Inspiring Story Behind Chance the Rapper And Malcolm London’s Open Mike Nights

On June 24th, 9,000 young Chicagoans lined up at Northerly Island for the inaugural Teens In The Park Festival, put together by the Chicago Park District in partnership with Chance The Rapper. The all-day festival featured up-and-coming artists, poets, and dancers, a headlining set from The Social Experiment and an unexpected performance by Kendrick Lamar.

Poet Malcolm London Finds Hope On Chicago's Streets

From Chicago, a young, new poet gives voice to one of America’s great cities, and its tough streets. Malcolm London joins us.

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