Armond Dorsey '20
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Armond is a graduating senior pursuing a major in Music modified with Neuroscience and a minor in African and African-American Studies. Armond not only graces the stage as a spoken word poet and classically-trained clarinetist of 11 years but also writes for the stage as a playwright and composer. Dartmouth has been a world of artistic firsts for Armond--where he first received clarinet lessons and first began writing. As a musician, Armond performs to spread the joy of music and aspires to design scientifically-informed music therapies to treat neurological conditions. As a writer, Armond creates original poems and plays centered on storytelling, Black masculinity, sexuality, and being. After Dartmouth, Armond intends to study in the United Kingdom, attaining his MA in Music at the University of Birmingham. Armond aspires to become a physician-advocate and design music interventions to increase access to care in marginalized communities while advocating against violence, health inequality, and environmental racism using arts activism.
"The Black Boy Quotidian is a chapbook--a collection of spoken word poems--that draws upon the underlying complexities in the Black mundane (A Checklist for Black Men), pays homage to the Black and Latinx folks who have died at the hands of police brutality (Memoriam for Melanated Men), encourages dreaming in spite of these circumstances (Black Boys Dream), and embraces the joy we hope for in the future (Black Joy). Altogether, The Black Boy Quotidian represents life, death, sleep, and joy for Black boys while acknowledging the societal panopticism and fine lines each of these processes entails."