OHIO VALLEY — DJ and storyteller Dan Smith, sometimes known by his alias “Southpaw,” will be visiting the Bradford Church of Christ in Meigs County and Gallipolis City Park on Aug. 20 for two back-to-school drives geared providing family fun and school supplies for students kicking off the new school year.
Bradford Church of Christ will be hosting their event at 1 p.m. at the church on 38260 Bradbury Road in Pomeroy. Free food and carnival games are expected. Church volunteers will hand out bags of supplies for students to take home.
Smith will appear in Gallipolis City Park at 7 p.m. The Gallia County Juvenile Court and Department of Youth Services are each sponsoring the event. One bag per child filled with school supplies will also be handed out to those who come.
Both events are free. According to Gallia County Juvenile Court representative Anita Moore, both events are geared toward family fun and promoting children to enter the new school year with high hopes and determination to perform well.
Dan “Southpaw” Smith was raised in Toledo and attended Kentucky Christian University. He reportedly has a master of arts degree in storytelling. His has a bachelor’s degree in ministry. He was listed as one of Cleveland Magazine’s “Most Interesting People.”
Smith is also responsible for the viral online video “Baby Got Book,” which received 26 million hits in a year. He is the lead minister at the Momentum Christian Church in the greater Cleveland area. He served as the main stage emcee and programming team leader for Exponential East in Orlando and West in Los Angeles. In 2002, Smith won an Ohio Hip-Hop award and was once again nominated for the award in 2013.
Smith and his colleagues consider him a storyteller and minister. He was raised in a non-Christian home and decidedly joined the faith at the age of 15. He shares three children with his wife, Shannon. He served with a church in Washington, D.C., for eight years before returning to Ohio.
Much of Smith’s music can be found on Youtube.com or iTunes.
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.