Cedric Bolton

Beyond serving as the Coordinator of Student Engagement for Syracuse University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, Cedric Bolton writes and performs poetry. His spoken word CD State of the Ghetto Address explores racism, violence, and personal experiences under the pseudonym Blackman Preach. He has been published in Minnesota Spokesman Recorder and the Minnesota Saint Cloud Times. He encourages others to find their inner wordsmith through groups he leads on campus. He created Poetic Black Fusion, a community organization that connects published and unpublished poets to resources. He also oversees Verbal Blend, a spoken word poetry group that meets for seven weeks of workshops designed to help students write and perform original poems.

Here, an excerpt from one of his works (co-written with Erica Hawthorne):

“As I stood under the goodnight moon
absorbing the sounds of the
African drums
as the elders lead the ceremonies
through the valley of truth and history
I did NOT move
I did NOT say a word
even If
the STING of the African Killer Bee STUNG me
It would not have bothered me, ya see.
I’m looking out & envisioning
the lay of the land
“Am I African Enough?”

— Danielle Roth