Darius V. Daughtry fell in love with words at the age of six. It was then, that he used to write and draw his own comic books. While the pictures left a little to be desired, being able to paint pictures with words was a passion that soon began to blossom. Darius has been marrying the pen to the paper ever since.
An accomplished poet, playwright, director, and educator with over a decade worth of experience in South Florida and beyond, Darius has committed himself to using that arts as a vehicle for change. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of Art Prevails Project, a performing arts organization dedicated to expanding cultural conversation through theatrical performance, arts education, and community engagement. Darius has spearheaded literacy initiatives with NFL Hall-of-Famer Jason Taylor and with poet and actor, Omari Hardwick.
Darius has been commissioned to write, perform, and conduct workshops for various organizations: The Poetry Foundation, O, Miami, City of Fort Lauderdale, Miami-Dade Schools, Broward Schools, and more.
He has written and directed performances for numerous groups and organizations – ArtServe (RedEye), Broward Cultural Division (Sistrunk Market Place, State of Black Broward), Old Dillard Museum (Juneteenth, Kwanzaa), The World Aids Museum (Saving Grace), and more. Mr. Daughtry is currently a member of the Sistrunk Artists in Residence cohort.
And the Walls Came Tumbling, Darius’ debut poetry collection published by Omiokun Books, is available for purchase.
Equal parts praise dance and eulogy, And the Walls Came Tumbling is full of vulnerable, introspective poems that explore societal constructs – race, class, gender – and questions their existence on our lives. Drawing inspiration from and paying homage to emcees and crooners, alike, these poems move with a rhythmic language that makes heads nod and hearts skip beats. Darius’ poems are “mirrors in the morning,” forcing the reader to confront both their own beauty and the ugliness in their worlds. The outcome: a shout that causes the walls’ first cracks.