Contributors - Freedom Stories

Discussion Panelists

Dr. Alicestyne Turley, PhD

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Dr. Alicestyne Turley, PhD
Director of Freedom Stories Project
Born in Hazard, Kentucky, prior to becoming an educator and public historian, Dr. Turley has worked in law enforcement, as a community organizer, and was the first African American administrator...
Mzuri Moyo Aimbaye

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Mzuri Moyo Aimbaye
Singer, Actress, and Playwright
Born in Paterson, New Jersey, Mzuri Moyo Aimbaye is an internationally acclaimed singer actress, and playwright of the multi-award-winning one-woman play, “The Fannie Lou Hamer Story.” Her Swahili name means...
Sheila Arnold

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Sheila Arnold
Master Storyteller, Historic Character Interpreter, and Teaching Artist
Sheila Arnold has been a full-time storyteller since 2003, traveling throughout the country sharing her stories and songs, historic character presentations, Christian monologues, and professional development for educators.  Known for...
Andrew Baskin, MA

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Andrew Baskin, MA
Professor of History, Simmons College of Kentucky
Andrew Baskin is an Professor of History at Kentucky’s only private HBCU (historically black college or university), Simmons College of Kentucky in Louisville, teaching Western Civilization and African American History...
Lecia Brooks

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Lecia Brooks
Chief of Staff, Southern Poverty Law Center
Lecia Brooks is the chief of staff for the SPLC, where she provides counsel to senior leadership, assists with strategic planning and works with people from across the organization to...
Mitchell Capel

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Mitchell Capel
Storyteller and Spoken Word Artist
Under the stage name of “Gran’daddy Junebug”, a character created for young folks, Mitch Capel calls his style of storytelling “sto’etry” because the majority of his stories are in rhyme....
Daryl Carter, PhD

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Daryl Carter, PhD
Associate Dean, East Tennessee State University
Dr. Daryl A. Carter is Associate Dean for Equity & Inclusion for the College of Arts & Sciences at East Tennessee State University. Dr. Carter also serves as director of...
Omopé Carter-Daboiku

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Omopé Carter-Daboiku
Wordsmith and Storyteller
An Appalachian of mixed ancestry, Omope Carter Daboiku hails from the Ohio River town of Ironton. She migrated to Cincinnati in 1972 and to Dayton in 2012. A cultural geographer...
Adam Dickson, MPA

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Adam Dickson, MPA
Center Supervisor, Langston Centre
Adam Dickson was raised in Washington County, Tennessee, graduating from David Crockett High School. He went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Carson-Newman University and...
Ilene Evans, MA

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Ilene Evans, MA
Artistic Director of Voices From the Earth, Inc.
Ilene Evans is an inspired storyteller, performer and scholar who weaves music, poetry, dance and drama, to bring history alive. Ms. Evans creates and presents storytelling/theater programs and workshops/seminars that...
Dr. Cicero M. Fain, PhD

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Dr. Cicero M. Fain, PhD
Assistant Professor of History, Southern Maryland University
Dr. Fain is a third-generation black Huntingtonian. He is the recipient of the Carter G. Woodson Fellowship from Marshall University and received his M.A. and Ph.D. in History from The...
Lyn Ford

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Lyn Ford
Storyteller and Author
A nationally recognized and award-winning fourth-generation storyteller, author and educator, Lyn Ford shares folktale adaptations, spooky tales, and original stories rooted in her family’s multicultural African-American Appalachian (Affrilachian) heritage.  Ford’s...
Anne G’Fellers-Mason

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Anne G’Fellers-Mason
Executive Director, Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia
Anne G’Fellers-Mason is the Executive Director of the Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. She has worked for the nonprofit for over ten years. Anne has a Bachelor...
Mama Linda Goss

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Mama Linda Goss
Co-Founder and former President, National Association of Black Storytellers (NABS)
Born in Alcoa, Tennessee, currently, Mama Linda Goss is the storyteller ambassador for the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum in Baltimore, Maryland and the storyteller-in-residence at the Peale Center....
Ann (Beard) Grundy

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Ann (Beard) Grundy
Community Activist and Civil Rights Advocate
The daughter of Reverend Beard, born while her father was pastor of the 16th Street Baptist Church, Birmingham, Alabama, Ann is still considered the “Baby” of 16th Street Baptist Church....
Reggie Harris

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Reggie Harris
Musician, Storyteller, Educator
Internationally acclaimed performer Reggie Harris is a deeply rooted singer, songwriter, storyteller and cultural ambassador known worldwide for his ability to inspire hope and create opportunities for building community and...
Jasmine Henderson

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Jasmine Henderson
Board Member, Umoja Unity Committee
Jasmine Henderson serves as a board member and recording secretary for Umoja Unity Committee, a nonprofit organization focused on bridging diverse cultures through education and artistic presentations in East Tennessee....