The Cleveland Museum of Art is pleased to present The Distinguished Gentlemen of Spoken Word, who will do an original performance commissioned by the museum based on the writings and words of Carl Stokes and Louis Stokes Jr. The event will take place at 2 p.m., May 14, 2017, in Gartner Auditorium. Free. Reservations Required.
The Distinguished Gentlemen of Spoken Word, a Cleveland treasure, is a group of African-American males ages 8-18 who study the art of performance poetry. 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. Well known throughout their hometown, they have performed for tens of thousands in churches, schools and at events around the state, and have been enthusiastically received for their performances at the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and at a youth conference in Paris, France honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The specially commissioned performance is part of a year-long event, Stokes: Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future. This yearlong, community-wide series will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Carl Stokes' election as mayor of Cleveland. Mayor Stokes and his brother, Congressman Louis Stokes, played key roles in the advancement of the city and the nation through the civil rights movement and beyond. In many ways, Cleveland's current national and international recognition owes a debt of thanks for their accomplishments. For more information and a complete listing of events please visit http://stokes50cle.com/