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Popular SoFlo Poet, Darius Daughtry, Launches Large Scale Poetry & Literature Festival in Broward County on April 22nd

Our Voices: Festival of Words to Feature Nationally Renowned Artists, including Ashley M. Jones,  Poet Laureate of Alabama and aja monet

Our Voices: Festival of Words, is a free family friendly  community festival that will celebrate the diversity and joy of literature through a full day of  activities, including performances, author readings, children’s activities, meditation garden,  food trucks, music and much more. The festival is hosted by Art Prevails Project, a Broward based cultural arts social impact organization working to strengthen communities through  creative and performing arts, in partnership with the local community. 

Our Voices: Festival of Words will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2023 at Roosevelt Gardens Park (2841 NW 11th St) in Fort Lauderdale between 11 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. It was feature some of  this generation’s most powerful storytellers – 

• Ashley M. Jones is Poet Laureate of the state of Alabama (2022-2026). Ashley is the  young person and first Black woman to hold this position. She holds an MFA in Poetry  from Florida International University, and she is the author of Magic City Gospel, dark /  / thing, and REPARATIONS NOW!. 

• aja monet is a blues surrealist poet, storyteller and organizer raised in Brooklyn NY. aja  also serves at the new Artistic Creative Director for V-day, a global movement to end  violence against all women and girls.  

• David Fakunle, Ph.D. is a mercenary for change, a master storyteller and a faculty  member at the University of Florida, Morgan State University and Johns Hopkins. David  also is co-founder and CEO of DiscoverME/RecoverME, an organization that utilizes the  African oral tradition to empower use of storytelling for healing and growth 

Darius V. Daughtry, Art Prevails Project Founder and Creative Director says, “There is magic and  wonder in the power of words. This festival aims to bring that, with a bit of flare, to the Broward County community and to residents that so deeply deserve it.”  

Darius V. Daughtry, Art Prevails Project Founder and Creative Director. Photo Credit: Darius v. Daughtry Facebook page.

Our Voices: A Festival of Words will serve as an opportunity for local residents to be enveloped  by the overwhelming power of language and literacy. Set in the beautiful landscape of Fort  Lauderdale’s Roosevelt Gardens Park, a fun-filled day at the park for the entire family, this  event aims to provide the local community with an annual space to engage with books and  writers with a hope to impact, not only quality of life, but the staggeringly low literacy rates  among community members. 

“My life is a testament to the power of words and the telling your authentic story,” muses  Ashley M. Jones “Since I was seven years old, I was aware that my voice had meaning and value  because of the power of poetry and words.”

Art Prevails Project is proud to have the support of generous partners like The Community  Foundation of Broward, the National Endowment for the Arts, Starbucks, South Arts, Broward  County Libraries, the Children’s Services Council of Broward, The City of Fort Lauderdale and  more. 

“The Community Foundation of Broward is proud to be a longtime supporter of the incredible  projects and events that Art Prevails Project does in Broward,” said Jennifer O’Flannery  Anderson, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Broward. “Teaching,  celebrating, and bringing the arts to life ACROSS our communities VITALLY IMPACTS the success  of our youth and society. Darius is a master teacher and performer; he does a spectacular job  at showing us the power of the arts.” 

To learn more or get tickets to Our Voices: A Festival of Words, visit  The first 200 Broward County residents to register on the site will receive a voucher to dine  with one of our food vendors.  

Art Prevails Project, founded in 2015, is a cultural arts social impact organization that aims  to strengthen communities – particularly those that are underserved and historically  disadvantaged – by investing in people through literary and performing arts. With performance,  cultural community-building and arts education, Art Prevails Project fashions a world lives are  impacted by the transformative power of artistic expression.

To learn more about Art Prevails  Project, visit  

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