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 11th District officer presents ‘Spoken Word’ for Black History Month
When Sergeant Daniel Allen of 11th District community po- licing is not on duty, he plays piano, teaches vocals to youth and produces studio music. So he felt it was only right to fuse the two together — first as the director of the Chicago PD choir and next as the man behind Spoken Word, a monthly event with live music for the community, by the community.
“I always try to incorporate my music background into com- munity events as an officer,” Allen shared. “It makes me feel in-
Spoken Word began in the mid-
dle of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, so the event has always been virtual out of an abundance of caution. And although the de- partment didn’t host a Spoken
Word event in January, Allen believed it was important to bring the 11th District Westside Talent Show’s event back even stron- ger in honor of Black History Month.
The event on Feb. 5, with live music, poetry and African fes- tivities, was promoted via a flyer that included the Zoom meet- ing ID and password. Allen had two of the three young artists, Diamond Francis and Diyonna Paige, perform at his music stu- dio, and one artist performed remotely. He also had a photogra- pher and a Zoom facilitator at his studio.
Allen emphasizes that Spoken Word is for people to feel re- laxed and not alone while being able to appreciate music from
locals in the community, especially in the middle of the pan- demic.
“That’s my big focus right there,” Allen revealed. “People are losing loved ones and jobs. People are down and depressed. We thought it was important to do something that makes people feel good.”
Allen’s goal is to make the Spoken Word event in-person, un- der COVID-19 guidelines, once the weather gets nicer.
“It would be great if we can do that,” Allen remarked. “I’m ex- cited to see how [the event] will improve in the future.”

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