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Valerie Tutson Storyteller

Valerie Tutson to spotlight early African American stories for young audience

January 15, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


Award-winning storyteller, Valerie Tutson, is the performer for our 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr’s Birthday celebration. Valerie will introduce heroes from her “The Right to Liberty” program to her young audience with the gripping stories of three courageous enslaved and free African Americans during the colonial period that shaped the history of our growing country.  Ona Maria Judge escaped from the plantation of President George Washington to freedom from slavery; James Forten, as a teen, risked his life in the fight against the British; and Elizabeth Freeman, known as Mumbet, filed court cases that paved the way to abolishing slavery in Massachusetts.

This event is free and open to the public.

We are delighted to again have the Family Action Network (FAN) as co-sponsor of this event for the community — particularly for families with children. Tables of craft activities, which have been very welcomed at past events, will be set up. Not to be missed, lining the Metcalf Hall, will be the artwork and writings of Winchester elementary school students on Diversity and appreciation of the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. Light refreshments will be donated (in part) by Whole Foods Market.

Monday, January 15, 2018 from 3:30–5:00 p.m.
Metcalf Hall, Winchester Unitarian Church
478 Main St., Winchester
(Entrance to Metcalf Hall is from rear of church off Mystic Valley Parkway.)

About Valerie Tutson

In her own words:
“I tell stories from around the world with an emphasis on Black traditions. My stories include African folktales, both researched and gathered on my trips to west and South Africa, African American History, including Underground Railroad and Blacks during the Revolutionary Period and the Civil Rights Movement. I tell personal stories of growing up Bi-racial, and re-tell Bible stories in a unique style.”

Valerie Tutson graduated from Brown University with a self-designed major, Storytelling as a Communication Art, and a Masters in Theatre Arts. Since 1991 she has traveled the country and world teaching and sharing stories and songs. Her repertoire includes folktales, personal and historical stories with an emphasis on black traditions.

Valerie is a founding member and Executive Director of RIBS (Rhode Island Black Storytellers) and the director of FUNDA FEST: A Celebration of Black Storytelling. She served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Black Storytellers (NABS) for eight years, twice serving as Co-Festival Director, including bringing the NABS Festival and Conference to Rhode Island. Valerie has been featured at the NABS Storytelling Festival and Conference and at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesboro, TN as well as regional festivals and conferences nation wide. She has performed and taught internationally in South Africa, Ghana, Senegal, Germany, The Czech Republic, Canada, Columbia and Peru. In 2009, Valerie was a Rhode Island Foundation Non-profit Fellow. In 2010 she received a Member Grant from the National Storytelling Network. In 2013, Valerie received the Legacy Award from Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Ocean State. Currently, she serves on the Board of FirstWorks, and on the Brimstone Award Committee for the National Storytelling Network. LEARN MORE.

About Family Action Network (FAN)

Family Action Network of Winchester (FAN) is a Winchester-based, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization which began in 1994. Their mission is to facilitate the exchange of ideas, to provide parenting resources, and to offer a support network for families in our community with infants and small children.  LEARN MORE.


Winchester Unitarian Society
478 Main Street
Winchester, MA 01890 United States
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