With words penned in 1960 by Langston Hughes that still resonate as if written by a lyricist today, amplified by a cast including orchestra, opera, jazz vocals, spoken word, archival audio samples, and video, Ask Your Mama is the single epic, multi-media jazz/symphonic composition that will mark our 30th anniversary MLK Tribute concert. Don’t miss your chance to hear this Grammy® award-winning masterpiece (played live only 3 times in its history) in its full glory!

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African American Poet, Filmmaker and activist Patricia Frazier was raised in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood. Influenced by the mentors she has growing up such as Fatimah Asghar, Jamila Woods, Regina Berg, and Mama Brenda, her writing aims to highlight the intersections of the multifaceted identities Black women have. Much of her work focuses on exploring environmentalism, sexual fluidity, and black womanism.She was a two-time finalist in Louder Than a Bomb Team finals in 2014 and 2017, and the 2016 Louder Than a Bomb Jordan Slam winner along with Arielle Appleberry. Her work appears in the National Creative Commons 2014 Poetry Anthology, and Women's ENews. She has performed on stages such as the Allstate Arena and Playhouse theatre and appeared on the same stages as Chance the Rapper, Macklemore, and Ciara. Her poem "I am Windy City" is to be featured in Northwestern University Press's forthcoming Book "The End of Chiraq."Frazier is an activist, primarily focused on Black Lives Matter and reproductive freedoms. Her activist lineage includes Assata Shakur, Page May, Bella Bahhs, and Angela Davis. She is a member of the organization Assata's daughters where she volunteers in lower income neighborhoods in Chicago, and works as a youth mentor.This spring she will be completing her senior year at Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep where she is captain of her poetry team and a member of the Student Ambassadors.She will attend Columbia College Chicago in the fall of 2017 to study film and creative writing. You can find out more about her work as an aspiring activist and watch some of her films and more funny videos on her YouTube "The Art Of”.