Middle School Students Hear From Master Storyteller for Black History Month

In order to dive deeper into Black History Month, middle school students visited the Slover Library this month to hear from master storyteller, narrator and librettist Charlotte Blake Alston.

Students sat on the sixth-floor of the library totally immersed in Alston’s storytelling. The stories not only taught students about African and African-American culture but transcultural themes like supporting your siblings and learning to be closer with a stepparent.

Alston encouraged audience participation with several call-and-response songs and chants. Students and teachers alike chimed in to help her tell the story while she played the djembe.

She has performed at venues throughout North America and abroad from the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and to refugee camps in northern Senegal.

Head of the Middle School Susan Bryant loved the experience and was thrilled students were so engaged. “It’s important to try new things, and I think the kids really appreciated how different this was. I’m looking forward to students having the opportunity to see more programs like this in the future.”

“I thought it was really great to learn about a different culture,” said TyJah Chapman. “The tales [from Africa] were interesting and gave me a new perspective.”

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