By Nick Dimas, Anna Mason, Tanya Munoz and Marlena Wadley
photos via YCA
“I’ve come to LTAB every year for the past 4 years and this year was just amazing those kids kicked ass up there. It’s amazing to see what the next couple of years and now what Chicago has to push out” says rapper Taylor Bennett right after his performance on the finals stage.
On March 18th, the Auditorium Theater was emerged in tears, claps, smiles, and standing ovations. Kuumba Lynx, Rebirth, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Percy L. Julian all revealed what activism looks like. From poems talking about racism within CPS, standardized test, gentrification, black and LGBTQ rights, to awareness of sexual assault and reclaiming the body. This year, every team left a small piece of themselves and the true meaning of using your words for change.