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This is a writing sample about an event that took place at a local restaurant.

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SEO: The open-mic brews social change Social issues brought to light in Busboys open-mic nightEncourages unity of society through love, peace, and acceptanceBy: Giannina BrancatoSituated on the corner of 5th and K Street, a slew of progressive-thinking local community members and students joined together and shuffled through the aisles to grab a seat at Busboys and Poets weekly Wednesday night show.Though the audience members ranged from art advocates to businesspeople, they convened at this community- and an art-based restaurant for a common purpose: To attend the open-mic night and to support the acceptance of individuals difference through love and unity.The introductionJonathan Tucker, the open-mic host and UMd alum, wanted to create an environment that fostered love, understanding and equality. To do so, he needed to incorporate the audience throughout the two-hour event and emphasize important ground rules.Be respectful of others and show your love by snapping your fingers to agree, Tucker said to the crowd. To snap is to quench the thirst of good thoughts.The second post of Busboys and Poets weekly open-mic night.Photo by: Giannina Brancato

To spark discussions about peace and justice, he asked the audience members to go beyond their comfort zones and meet at least two people. Audience members looked around the room hesitantly.(more)

This is uncomfortable, Catherine Peters, an audience member and D.C. resident, said. I didnt come with anybody I knew.A#2 Social Change | Page 2

Though this forced strangers to interact with each other in a public place, Tuckers activity reinforced the ideas of friendship, love and unity, which was essential moving forward with the anticipated speeches.In order to inspire social change and accept others, we need to learn how to accept ourselves first.- LC

A different perspectiveTucker introduced the next speaker, LC. He started off his speech by saying, in order to inspire social change and accept others, we need to learn how to accept ourselves first. The snaps echoed around the room. He continued on explaining how for years his race has been trying to fight for equality, yet constantly reinforces their differences. This empowering black male left an impact on the crowd with his critical viewpoint and inspired acceptance in others.Tucker next introduced Ashley Canon.She spoke about the issue of sexism and gender roles in society. I no longer want to be neglected by society, Ashley said. Her overriding goal was to create a community of heightened love and join people together. She wanted them to understand that the restrictions of gender roles and the inequality of sexes is not right and can be stopped. She suggests educating younger children and confronting those who openly follow these guidelines set by society.

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Coming togetherTucker stepped up on the small raised stage for the last time for the night. He stressed the importance of speaking up for what is right, so that one-day, we can all be equal. Before finishing the event, he left the audience with these resonating words. Life and society can be very challenging at times, he said. But dont let it define who you become.

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