The Detroit Association of Black Storytellers is hosting a Sesquicentennial Storytelling & Literary Expo on Saturday, March 5 from 10:30am-4:30pm at The Detroit Public Library – Main Library, Clara Stanton Jones Friends Auditorium (5201 Woodward Ave.Detroit, MI 48202). Please join us for great storytelling, meeting new authors and buying some books. Generously sponsored by Michigan Round Table for Diversity and the National Storytelling Network. Books will be available for sale courtesy of Book Beat. This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, click the following link: http://sesquicentennialexpo.eventbrite.com.
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Morning Session
– Welcome: Dr. Verne Brown, Sesquicentennial Storytelling & Literary Expo Chair, Mary Grant, President of the Detroit Association of Black Storytellers (DABS)
– Press Conference with Flint’s Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH: Detroit Responses to the Flint Water Crisis…tell us your story
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Let’s Celebrate, It’s Storytelling Time!
Detroit Association of Black Storytellers Mission Statement: This organization shall promote and perpetuate the ancient art of African storytelling and the traditions of Black storytelling, using the knowledge and wisdom contributed from folklore and ancestral stories. The mission of this Association shall be to preserve the oral tradition of African and African American Diaspora folklore, history, culture, and heritage. Oral tradition is defined as verbally teaching, informing, and entertaining. Conducting training programs, conferences, seminars, and work-shops to promote, preserve, and perpetuate the oral tradition of African and African American folklore, history, culture and heritage.