Feb 29

Black History Month: Closing Keynote with Austin Martin from Rhymes with Reason

7:00pm Hammond Hall | Main Lounge

About This Event

Join us as we commemorate the closing of the month with Keynote Speaker Austin Martin. Austin founded the organization “Rhymes with Reason,” which helps youth learn vocabulary through music lyrics of famous artists. Austin’s work has been invested in by the Beyonce Foundation and many more! 

Austin Martin the founder of the organization perfectly represents the power we have through the arts to create social change. His organizations mission is to teach young students how to learn vocabulary, language comprehension, and critical thinking through the power of music and lyrics. He’s created a platform with curriculum that uses the music lyrics from many famous artists in the country to teach young people about vocabulary. Below you will find some more insights and the website for the organization. 

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Austin Martin Ed.M. Bio: 

BHM Closing Speaker Austin Martin of RwR

In 2015, at Brown University, Austin Martin came up with the idea for Rhymes with Reason (RwR) after he discovered that 67 of the top 100 words on the SAT were detectable in recognizable hip-hop lyrics. Since 2017 RwR has been used in 300+ schools/education programs across the United States and has been covered by Bloomberg, NPR, Education Post, RevoltTV, Huffington Post and other media outlets. RWR has also collaborated with Chance the Rapper’s SocialWorks, Joel Embiid, LA Chargers and the Detroit Pistons. Martin was awarded the 2019 Echoing Green Fellowship, selected as one of 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 in Education, 2021 International Literacy Association 30 under 30 awardee and graduated with an Ed.M. from Harvard's Graduate School of Education.

This event made possible by the support of the Newman Center Trust Fund.