Rachel Smith wrote the poem, "Hallelujah the Saviors are Here," when she was 18 years old and a member of the Kenwood Academy Slam Poetry team. She performed this poem at the 2012 Louder than a Bomb Festival, the largest teen slam poetry festival in the world. "Hallelujah the Saviors are Here" is, as the WBEZ website puts it, "a condemnation of teachers who come to the "inner city" to without becoming a true member of the community." The poem brings up myriad issues including racial difference between students and teachers and what it means for people to try and "save" a community that is not their own.
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