30 YEARS ON WORLD STAGES
Speech is a Turn Around Artist! Turnaround Arts is a national program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and it infuses 73 struggling schools in 37 districts across 17 states and the District of Columbia with a strategy to bolster reform efforts.
Speech works along side: Yo-Yo Ma, Kerry Washington, Misty Copeland, Alfre Woodard, Ledisi, Jason Mraz, The O’Jays, Larisa Martínez, Black Violin, Paula Abdul, Trombone Shorty, Jackson Browne, Taboo, Tim Robbins, Valerie June, Ozomatli, Keb' Mo’, Jake Shimabukuro, Bernie Williams, Chad Smith, Dan Zanes, Claudia Eliaza, David Garibaldi, Elizabeth Banks, Frank Gehry, IZ Avila, Jacqueline Suskin, John Cruz, John Lloyd Young, Mic Jordan, Paula Fuga and Tracy Reese.
This special video "Love Train" (written by the O'Jays) is produced by Turnaround Arts and Playing For Change and it features Turnaround Arts students performing alongside their Turnaround Artists. "Love Train" shares the message that the arts have the power to improve our schools and build more compassionate, connected communities. Learn more about Turnaround Arts at http://turnaroundarts.kennedy-center.org
THE NIGGA FACTORY - LATEST EPISODE
This docu series produced by Speech exposes a 400-year White supremacist marketing campaign that purposely perverted the Black diaspora’s image worldwide!
DR. TERENCE N. THOMAS SCHOLARSHIP
Lifting up the young, gifted and Black! Established in 1992 after the tragic death of Speech’s older brother Terry, the Dr. Terence N Thomas Scholarship was endowed with $20,000 by the Thomas family and another $25,000 was given by Speech the following year. The Scholarship fund was incorporated in Wisconsin as a 501(c)3, nonprofit corporation. Since 1996, over 50 of our students have graduated from universities! Next year we will surpass the $ 1 million dollar mark in stipends to students from neighborhoods often described as at-risk.
Our students must maintain a 3.0 annual GPA in order to continue their scholarship award into the following academic year. This scholarship has an average retention rate of 98% annually! Most go on to post graduate studies. We presently have doctors, lawyers, communication specialists, clergy, accountants, international business specialists, elected officials, educators, social workers, business owners and pharmacist graduates! And most return to Milwaukee to become community thought leaders. It’s working!