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Storytelling Unites Past, Present

Norristown Times Herald (Norristown, PA) , February 6, 2005


When times were tough, Carla Wiley's former West Philadelphia neighbors shared vegetables they'd picked from their gardens with those who were struggling to make ends meet.

"Whenever there were hard times, we'd share food and feed the whole block," Wiley said.

"When it's just yourself, it's like a drop of rain, but when you're part of a group, you're a mighty storm," she said. "Always be a storm."

Stories from America's South so fired Wiley's imagination that she is now a storyteller herself. On Saturday, she read to a packed house of children and parents in "Freedom Hall" at the sixth annual Celebration of Black History presented by Friends of Black History.

The black history event hosted a Theist Temple COGIC's children's gospel choir, soul food cooking and quilting demonstrations, and personal recollections of legendary Tuskegee Airmen Robert Williams and Luther Smith.

Subjects Covered: education, personal storytelling

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