Coordinator, Multicultural Student Center College of Lake County
Marcus Gentry did a superb job at reliving the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I thought I knew a lot about his life, but soon realized that Mr. Gentry taught me even more. When he did the reenactments of Dr. Kings' speeches, I was blown away! It seemed as if Dr. King was in the room! This is a must see presentation!
Principal- Hawthorn Middle School North
Mr. Gentry is a true inspiration…He brings history to life
Sylvester Baugh, Consultant/Trainer
"Last night, my family and I were treated to one of the best stage productions I have ever witnessed. It was heart wrenching, funny, and stimulating. NO it was not "Madea Goes to Jail" but a play produced and directed by a local theatrical MASTERMIND, the name of the production is, 'I Have a Dream: The NeXt Generation'. It is a privileged look at Black History never felt so good! Marcus Gentry is the producer and Director of this dramatic interpretation and his cast is phenomenal! The lives of Huey P. Newton, Angela Davis, and Malcolm X just to name a few, are not only re-lived but transformed into modern day apparatus' of knowledge and information. The role of Dr. Martin Luther King provides the audience with a soul shattering remembrance of the man and his dream. This production was in a word... AWESOME!! It shapes the minds of those in middle school, and refreshes the memory of those from the "old school". As we continue to search for our Fathers and recall our History, we should use what ever resources we have available and "The NeXt Generation" is that resource. I encourage of you to book this production for your middle school, high school, college, church, or community organization. We NEED to continue our roots. We need to continue to educate our youth. We need to CONTINUE! It's Black History 365!! "
I think that the play was fun but... at the same time, educational. I'd love to see it again and I liked it so much that I'm going to go to Lamont's Barber Shop because he said, "if you want to be successful, hang with successful people". I hope one day I can be successful like Lamont. I think Lamont and his crew can be the next Tyler Perry. I went to Lamont's Barber shop and it was so much positive talking, I'm going to back. Thank you a lot, maybe one day I can be in one of your plays.
Kecia Topping Chapman, Ph.D.
Federal Programs Coordinator Midfield City Schools
Using Mastermind Strategies with At-Risk Youth" was a session that all teachers needed to hear. All students also needed to hear it. As educators we often attend empowering workshops. What made this one stand out was that the participants left feeling empowered. Everyone could have grown from this session. Mr. Gentry was exceptional. I agree that educators do need to change the way we think about situations in order to change them. In doing this we can help students see the greatness of who they are and are to become! These are things I won't forget.
Seminar: Improving Communication
The audience was Foster parents from Chicago Village, Lockport
It was great, I have been at SOS Children's Villages for over 3 years and that was by
far the best presentation I have attended"