Southern Women are No Southern Belles | Salaam Green | TEDxBirmingham

In this emotional spoken word performance, poet and writer Salaam Green challenges the stereotypes of southern women in a letter to her grandmother.
She’s an introvert who struggled with agoraphobia for years, but now you can find her courageously taking over the stage at a variety of venues around the city.

Salaam Green is a writer, poet, and social justice activist. Salaam is currently an Artist in Residence at UABs Institute for Arts in Medicine where she conducts writing sessions with medical staff and uses poetry as a tool of compassion with patients and families as they wait for loved ones in waiting rooms and trauma units. Salaam has received numerous awards and is a featured author in the books My Second Story and I am Women: 15 Stories of Triumph.

She is in the business of supporting people to write their lives back together. In 2016, she founded Literary Healing Arts which promotes the healing power of words through youth and adult workshops, write to heal community circles, mentoring, and soul advising. The organization also provides creative business coaching for women living in rural America who seek to transform their lives and their communities. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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Foodie, Performer, Water Protector, Avid Baker, Syndicate Aggregator. I probably still live in my mom's basement.


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  1. It might be more inspirational if you memorized your speech :/ Reading and flipping pages is distracting.

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