In Case You Missed It: Here Is a Review of the 4th Annual NFHA 1K Slam!

On April 27th, 2017 the National Fair Housing Alliance hosted it’s fourth annual poetry slam. Poetry slams are our opportunity to connect creative arts with social justice. The event was sponsored by Chase, Nationwide, State Farm and Radian.

Hosted by Joseph Green and and Pages Matam, the NFHA 1K Slam featured 9 amazing poets from across the country.

Joseph Green and and Pages Matam


We had a packed house filled with lively audience members.

Our judges were: C. F. Younger with Nationwide, Racquel Russell with Zillow, Alia Fierro with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Solomon Greene with the Urban Institute, and Andrew Hesbacher with the 2017 DC Youth Slam Team.

NFHA Executive Vice President, Lisa Rice and Vice President of Resource Development & External Affairs, Gregory Parrish presented the NFHA Slam Youth Scholarship Award.


The show started with a spoken word piece by our sacrificial poet Imani Cezanne.


Poets competed in three slam rounds throughout the evening. 

But this slam right here… #poetsbeingpoets #poteryslam #nfhaslam #nfha1Kslam

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Slam poet Oompa performing.
Poet Ashley August performing.
Poet Kenneth Morrison performing.

Members of Howard University Choir performed during the intermission.

Members of the audience were encouraged to join the fair housing movement.

Slam poet Ashley August from New York City won first place. Ashley’s riveting poems focusing on social justice, human trafficking and missing Black and Latino girls, helped to secure her first place win.

Stay tuned for updates on next year’s NFHA Slam as we prepare for the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act!

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