FDWC Theme Song #1

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The FDWC is a club for boys ages 8-13 to focus
on writing and communication, with an
emphasis on the life and writing of Frederick
Douglass as well as using the B.A.R.S. creative
writing system that uses Hip-Hop songwriting
as to teach. We will concentrate on abolition
and the civil war, speech writing and public
speaking, autobiographical writing, journalism,
and music. We will critically read excerpts
from Douglass' biography (a copy will be
provided) and travel to historic sites for
exploration and information.

This track was part of the final writing assignment for the inaugural Frederick Douglass Writing Club ("Writing for Freedom Since 1838"). The students took field trips to Frederick Douglass' house in South East DC, The Newseum, and Harper's Ferry WV to learn about John Brown's raid. We read the Narrative of the Life of a Slave by Frederick Douglass, as well as used the B.A.R.S. program and Flocabulary to increase our reading, writing and comprehension skills. Please feel free to support the FDWC by downloading this track!


If you want to be free/
If you want to be great/
Frederick Douglass said they key/
is you have to agitate/
so we learn to write and read/
and how to debate/
eighteen thirty-eight!


from FDWC, track released December 9, 2015
Written by Bomani Armah, Olu Armah, Ayinde Utsey, Juanzel Staton, Wayne Goss Jr., DeLa Armah, Joshua Clayborn, Kalik Johnson, Ifasen Kwame

Produced by Bomani Armah for Armah Productions
Recorded, mixed and Mastered by Bomani Armah at Urban Intalek Studios



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Bomani Armah is "...not a rapper, but a poet with a hip-hop style". For well over 15 years Bomani has been using hip-hop, poetry and multi-media disciplines to teach fun and informative workshops with all ages from kindergarteners to graduate students. Here you can find his hip-hop music for kids as well as teaching materials showing students the writing process through hip-hop! ... more

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