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June 19, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Menlo Park Library
800 Alma St.
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Diane Ferlatte
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Juneteenth Celebration with Storyteller Diane Ferlatte

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The internationally-revered storyteller commemorates this holiday celebrating the end of slavery in 1865.

On June 19, 1865, years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, word finally reached Texas that African-American enslavement was now against the law--and now we celebrate Juneteenth.

Diane Ferlatte will share captivating, moving tales to mark the day with us. For adults, teens, and mature tweens.

Diane will honor Juneteenth, a celebration of African American independence with stories and song. You will hear the stories of African Americans’ contributions, experiences, and struggles in America from 1776 to June 19th, 1865. These stories will touch your heart, make you laugh, but most of all will show that African Americans have not been absent throughout American history.

Diane may also share stories of her personal journey across the cultural & racial landscape of America as she is accompanied on banjo and guitar by her musician, Erik Pearson.

About Diane Ferlatte
A legend in the storytelling community and beyond, Diane Ferlatte has spent decades traveling the world and sharing stories, with high-profile performances including appearances for the Kennedy Center, the National Storytelling Festival, the Bay Area Storytelling Festival, and for President Bill Clinton’s first inauguration.

About Storytelling
  • Storytelling is telling stories--without using a book.
  • It's an ancient art form that predates libraries, and books, and writing.  
  • It's not necessarily for children!
  • Traditional-style storytelling creates unique images in the mind of each listener.
According to the National Storytelling Network, "storytelling is the interactive art of using words and actions to reveal the elements and images of a story while encouraging the listener’s imagination. In storytelling, the listener imagines the story."

This program is made possible thanks to funding from the Menlo Park Friends of the Library.