YUMADAOP spoken-word events set Friday at schools

YOUNGSTOWN — Two spoken-word events are set Friday at South Side Academy, 1400 Oak Hill Ave., and Kirkmere Elementary School, 2851 Kirk Road, featuring The Distinguished Gentlemen of Spoken Word, a group of male teens 8 to 18 from Cleveland who deliver performance poetry.

The group will be at South Side Academy at 10 a.m. and at Kirkmere at 1 p.m.

The group takes classic poetry pieces, movement poetry (mime/breaking/flexing) and combine it with the art of spoken word. The performance features the literary works of Shakespeare, Langston Hughes, and Paul Lawrence Dunbar. The young men have dedicated themselves to a drug and violent-free lifestyle and the achievement of academic excellence.

The performance is a project of Coalition For Health Promotion, an activity of the Youngstown Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program, which attempts to reduce youth substance use.

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