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Genius Is Common - Danielle D. Smith

Don't Be Quiet is proud to partner with Bruce George, Founder of the Genius is Common Movement and Co-Founder of Def Poetry Jam on HBO. 

Danielle Smith is the author of "Yesterday’s Tomorrow" a first-hand account of her own suffering of abuse as a child. After finding the courage to speak out about the pain she endured, Danielle is now using her experience to inspire others to do the same.


In November 2016, she became a Court Appointed Special Advocate to speak on behalf of children in abuse cases to ensure their safety.


Danielle is the founder of the “Don’t Be Quiet” movement, an organization with a mission to help victims of child abuse and neglect. In April 2018, she released a Short Film by the same name that gives a visual account of her book and walks you through the challenge of going from victim to victor!


Reach out to learn more at or call (614) 434-6328

Ohio Grown Film series: Woman refuses to stay silent about domestic-abuse victims


By Terry Mikesell The Columbus Dispatch

As a child, Danielle D. Smith knew the sting of a slap and the hurt of an insult. To this day, the 39-year-old East Side resident still fights the aftereffects of having constantly been told to “shut up.” “I hear someone say it to someone else,” she said, “and I go into a shell for a second.”

The author, speaker and advocate against domestic violence is now a filmmaker, too. On Sunday, as part of the Ohio Grown Film series, Smith’s first work — “Don’t Be Quiet” — will make its debut.


In 2017, Smith wrote the book “Yesterday’s Tomorrow,” her story of suffering from abuse.  A companion to the book, the 27-minute “Don’t Be Quiet” (11 minutes of footage was added to the film just last week) features Smith revisiting her childhood home — where, at age 3, she says she endured abuse from some family members.




Even as a young child I was always dreaming up stories and filling them with colorful characters, sharing them with anyone and everyone who would listen. Since then, I’ve progressed quite a bit to formulating longer and more complex stories and sharing them with much larger audiences. As a professional storyteller, I’m adept at using my imaginative thinking and creative flair to bring my stories to life in engaging and entertaining ways.

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I’d love it if you attended one of my upcoming events. These include book signings for my latest releases, workshops, lectures, and so much more. No matter whether you’ve read my work or not, I guarantee you’ll enjoy yourself and have a wonderful experience. See what’s coming up next by following my FACEBOOK PAGE.

Mission Statement:

Danielle's mission is to help others break the cycle of silence when it comes to child abuse, domestic violence, and suicide.

Vision Statement:

To see everyone, enjoy life and peace, so they can experience life to the fullest.


Frequently addresses emerging issues faced by child abuse.


Resources that aims to prevent suicide through awareness and education.


Education is the tool to achieving women’s social and economic empowerment.


Engage, educate and empower young people to prevent and end abusive relationships.


Don’t Be Quiet, is here to help children have a voice and know they do not have to be silent any longer!
Help spread the word about, Don’t Be Quiet!

To have Danielle speak at your upcoming event, book club or school contact her here or email:

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