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.