The Ebony Readers/Onyx Theatre offers a creative platform for UNC students who identify with minority groups to express themselves through spoken word, poetry and theatrical drama — and EROT members are looking forward to giving new students a voice this semester.
As a subgroup of UNC’s Black Student Movement, EROT promotes the use of various creative outlets to help students release stress and build a community of support and mutual respect.
Mike Roberrson, a senior global studies major and president of EROT, hopes to welcome new members to the organization in September. She said she wants to expose students to new experiences with spoken word and poetry that they haven’t encountered before.
Roberson said EROT provides a platform of empathy for students through multiple shows, open mics and writing workshops held throughout the school year.
“EROT is special because we provide a sense of very raw and straightforward expression,” Roberson said. “Spoken word is very direct and straight to the point. It's not what most people think of poetry to be, like Robert Frost and Shakespeare, where you're trying to dissect through a lot of words. It's just straight to the point, and it hits you in the moment and even later on.”