The Distinguished Gentlemen of Spoken Word is a group of African-American males ages 8-18 who study the art of performance poetry. These
gentlemen take classic poetry pieces, movement poetry (mime/breaking/ flexing) and combine it with the art of spoken word.
Poetry has become the living tool that they use to help keep them focused and on the right path in school, at home, and within the community. Alongside learning poetry, they attend weekly character development classes (Life-skills, Drug Prevention and Crime Prevention Education).

They study the works of Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Shakespeare, Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen and learn to write various poetic forms of their own.
They perform throughout the state of Ohio at churches, schools and community events. They have performed at half-time shows for the Cleveland
Cavaliers’ basketball team, and at churches throughout Florida. They are a component of the Aiming High program at Cleveland UMADAOP (a contract
agency of ODADAS and ADASBCC), and living proof that African-American males are not delinquent, they are not violent, they are not incapable of
learning, but indeed they are talented, brilliant, fabulous and distinguished!!!

In March, 2008, the Distinguished Gentlemen celebrated the publication of their first book Silent Screams.

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  1. Just left UMADAOP’s Poetic Pieces of Peace. It was beautiful. The young men and women words sing like songs from the deepest of their souls. Words that carried messages of the world they live in and were brave enough to share of love, hunger, liberty of live, talents, etc. “May the Lord continue to bless them and their Ancestors’ protect them”. Thank you Ms. Honey for answering G-d’s call to work with these gifted children. WE LOVE YOU ALL. From: Doc and Hameeda Woods,
    “P.E.A.C.E.” (Proper Education Always Corrects Error)

  2. I read the article about the young man who was mugged and beaten for his cell phone. I have a small amount I can contribute toward a new cell phone. Thplease email me with information about sending a donation thank you

  3. Hello DMSW,

    We would like to book you for a performance of The Crucifixion of Christ at my church in Cleveland Heights on August 22, 2015. Please let me know if this is possible and what the costs would be.

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