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I am a social change writer, photographer, advocate, entreprenuer and speaker based in Washington, DC.

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Would your group benefit from an expert speaker on homelessness?
Try Ken Martin!

Why Ken?
  • Washington DC native with multi-faceted perspective on the subject developed through years of experience! 
  • A man of integrity willing to tailor his presentation to suit the needs of your group.
  • It is difficult to find a willing speaker that is equally knowledgeable/qualified and credible! 

Related Work History:
  • VISTA Volunteer                                       Youth Substance Abuse Prevention
  • Community Improvement Corporation           Crisis Intervention Counselor
  • DC Coalition For The Homeless                                             Shelter Manager
  • Associated Catholic Charities              Transitional Counselor/Program Administrator
  • Martin Real Estate Services                              Business/Property Manager
  • Mortgage America/DC                                   Marketing /Business Manager 
Related Life Experiences:

Recovering alcoholic.
Former homeless college student.
Displaced by fire
One-time simultaneous owner of four homes relegated to homelessness
Has Hidden Disabilities and has same in parental experience. Over 80% of homeless have hidden disabilities.
Couch-surfer, Park Dweller, Airport Tenant, [even stayed overnight in warming station (under threat of arrest)]
(Former) Street Sense Vendor
Advocate, Writer, Forum Planner/Panelist, and Exhibited Photographer. 

Street Sense Highlights:
Photographed Living Legend Congressman John Lewis, D-GA

Interviewed former Senator Al Franken, D-MN
This one got me in the Smithsonian!

Participated with the Interactive Art Bus Project.

Contributor to National Presbyterian School Service Project
After hearing my spoken word "Can you see me?" and being "skooled" on Rap by Street Sense Vendor/Artist Marcellus Phillips this happened:

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Podcast/Jazz Moments


April 2015 Developmental Disability Month: My Daughter -  as printed in Street Sense

April 2015 Developmental Disability Month: My Daughter - as printed in Street Sense

One disability not only hidden but most frequently overlooked is Selective Mutism.

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You’re Not Smarter Than A Fifth Grader

You’re Not Smarter Than A Fifth Grader

I believe the children are the future.... I know We're not smarter than them. I only hope to remain wiser.

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Proud Moment!       As originally printed in Street Sense

Proud Moment! As originally printed in Street Sense

More than just an historic moment for me, This marked the first time a Street Paper was posted on The Newseum Wall!

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Barriers /Ken Martin

Barriers /Ken Martin

As originally printed in Street Sense.

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My Moments for the Jazz Masters*

My Moments for the Jazz Masters*

"A life without a soundtrack is not a life worth living!" ~~Ken Martin

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The Intersection of Art, Poverty, Activism as printed in Street Sense

The Intersection of Art, Poverty, Activism as printed in Street Sense

A discussion of Mixed Media and how it can be used to elevate the image of the homeless while generating resources to create positive domestic outcomes.

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In The News

Articles to which I've contributed

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The Dawn

It's the dawn of a new day.
The start of a new year.
The beginning of the best of my life.
I awaken bright and early,
energized and renewed.

Mindful of the unlimited potential for growth in this developing period in my life,
The Creator has provided me wisdom, freedom, strength
and the courage to pursue great feats of accomplishment.
I merely need to be thoughtful in setting my goals, pure in my intent, and
calm as I include others in my plan for they have their agendas and process.

Provided I do these things I will attain my goals, be cheerful, peaceful, calm
Breathe a sigh of relief as I achieve euphoria.


Call To Action

Call To Action
I dare to dream and dare to pursue.
My mission is to leave this place a little better than we found it.
Join me please in that quest.

Explore the work in progress that is  "Brims" ( 
See what I am building.
Visit Gofundme (updating...)
Help me create a voice for those who are voiceless.

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Invisible Individual

Blues 4 the Homeless

Re: Blues 4 The Homeless...

Still under construction, but the disclaimer integrity is sound.

To Whomever This May Concern:
This compilation of music related to the subject of homelessness does not belong to me. It was compiled by me. I claim absolutely NO Rights of ownership and likewise have no claims monetarily or otherwise on this (intended to be) heart rendering art!

In fact, the purpose of this selected group of tunes is not to offend or profit (although I could use it), but to serve as heart lightening salve for those who care enough to read the sometimes heavily heartbreaking book:”On Homelessness.” 

These selections were chosen strictly for their quality content as well as my respect for the artists and composers. It is my most sincere hope that the readers and listeners of this playlist will want to purchase and explore the complete bodies of work created by the respective contributing musicians. I hope that the musicians and surviving relatives will aid in that process by permitting their work to remain featured as a tribute to their God given abilities to evoke the powerful, soul stirring, human spirit, while serving to help those traumatized by “Homelessness.” It works... I'm living proof!!!

The Blues: A Playlist on Homelessness (+♫)

When you have no place to hang your hat*, you often discover yourself to be unwelcome, estranged, forgotten and friendless. Your needs too great and resources too few. Daily living leaves you feeling the B-L-U-E-S.
This is my take on the emotional symphony that is homelessness, as expressed by artists past and present. I am a survivor of the experience and can relate well to the frequent painful lows. But as you will discover, there are joyful rhythms and uplifting sounds even in painful circumstances — if we just allow ourselves to listen.

Playlist: Blues 4 The Homeless

These are the blues about folks with little and everything to lose.
• We begin with “Mr. Blues” by Hank Crawford, because when you start this journey it is empowered with hope, energy and wind in your sails.
• “Hit The Road Jack” by Ray Charles, is pretty self-explanatory.
• “Poor Boy Blues” by King Curtis & Captain Jack Dupree is the reality check.
• “Fool’s Gold” by Lizz Wright tells us that I could blame someone else, but that I had a role in this.
• “Better Not Look Down” by BB King and featuring The Crusaders with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is a reminder to keep your head up, eyes on the prize and persevere.

Now to interject the homegrown D.C. medley: a modest tribute of blues music relative to D.C. artists and my own D.C. homeless experience.
• “Rocks In My Bed” by Dick Morgan Trio, a D.C. jazz icon.
• “All Blues” by Tim Eyermann and the East Coast Offering, another popular local group of jazzmen.
• “Blue Collar” by Gil Scott-Heron, D.C.’s Poet Laureate. The lyrics speak for themselves.
• “I’ve Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good” by Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong. If you don’t know these two, put down the paper and start googling! (Hint: Ellington is D.C. born!)
• “24th Street Blues” by Lee Ritenour because during my early days in the street, I woke up facing 24th Street NW every morning.

And for the final cadence:
• “You Don’t See Me” by Al Jarreau, because you — for reasons I can’t fathom and you won’t face — don’t.
• “Sleeping On The Sidewalk” by Hank Crawford, a reminder of what you can find in every quadrant of this city, the hub of the capitalist free world. It’s become a national symbol of embarrassment!
• “Blues for the Homeless” by Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters — need I say more?  I will. It was the discovery of this tune, one night while “resting” in Reagan Airport, that actually gave me the idea to compile this list. Earl is really a brilliant, yet unsung, guitarist.
• “We Got By” from Al Jarreau, because ‘poor in pocket doesn’t have to mean poor in spirit.’
• “Don’t Let It Get You Down” by The Crusaders, because ‘you don’t give in, if you aim to win!’
• “Never Be The Same” by Ronnie Laws, because after a street life experience — and hopefully hearing these tunes — your perspective will be forever changed for the better.
• “Night Breeze” by Bobby Lyle, for a cool transition back to your reality.

Bonus Tracks!
• “Blue Collar” by Ron Holloway featuring Gil Scott-Heron, an updated treat by another Washington jazzman.
• “My Time Will Come” by Hubert Laws.  Because when we struggle to produce a positive outcome it is faith, hope and perseverance that enables us to prevail!

Thank you for this opportunity to share a bit of my lifestyle with you. Please remember that homeless people, though blue, don’t need your pity. They need your empathy and aid.

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