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1. Legacy Opening Event feat Yomi Sode -14th January 2017

Legacy Opening Weekend: Martin Luther King Day- Iconic black poetry and prose, featuring Yomi Sode

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Legacy Opening Weekend: Martin Luther King Day- Iconic black poetry and prose, featuring Yomi Sode

Audience members were invited to join  Lyrici Arts and Medway Libraries at the grand launch of ‘Legacy’ – a ten-month programme of Black lyrical theatre and literature events in libraries across Medway.

January 16th is Martin Luther King Day and celebrates the man who inspired the world with his ‘I have a Dream’ speech. To join in the celebrations and launch the project, Legacy hosted a day jam-packed with crafts, music, poetry and Caribbean cuisine, with a guest appearance from poet Yomi Sode.  

Photography by Alison Lewis Photography. Copyright 2017

In the morning, participants took part in a craft workshop looking at aspirations and dreams. During the afternoon they listened to  an inspirational talk by Usha Oliver from Dare to Dream and witnessed performances of iconic black speeches from the likes of Malcolm X, Maya Angelou and many more, before enjoying a poetry performance by renowned poet Yomi Sode. Yomi has performed at Wireless Festival and Latitude, as well as for Channel 4 and BBC Radio 1xtra. He is currently developing his one-man show COAT after two sold out scratch runs, and hosts a successful poetry night in Shoreditch each month.

To round off the day The Vanbrugh Hill Music Syndicate played a live set of Motown and Soul classics, and a selection of Caribbean canapés, cakes and drinks were on offer.

Ages: All ages welcome



Great music, great food. It’s fantastic to experience new/ different culture to the local norm.
— Benjamin
This is how our libraries should be used, it was amazing to see! Groundbreaking & cultural, forward thinking. The person who didn’t come MISSED OUT!
— Natasha