Poet Leslie Shakira Garcia tells the story of her mother’s immigration to the United States. Leslie is a graduate of Station Camp High School and sophomore Psychology and English Writing major at Lipscomb University. In addition to performing, Leslie works in the schools mentoring young writers with Southern Word.
Through the literary and performing arts, Southern Word offers creative solutions for youth to build literacy and presentation skills, reconnect to their education and to their lives, and act as leaders in the improvement of their communities. We are absolutely committed to providing youth, especially in underserved communities, with as many opportunities as possible to develop and publicly present their voices both live and in print, video, audio, and digital media. This year, Southern Word will serve over 5,000 youth through programs in 8 Tennessee counties, in almost every public Nashville high school, on four Middle Tennessee public college campuses, and in a large number of Nashville Public Library branches.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx