through, you know, and for
people not to remember
that was hurtful."
language as the basis of our culture and
heritage. It's not how we dress that
makes us Navajos, it's the language
and our hearts that really make
the past while looking
towards the future.”
The Leona Tate
the most important African American
quilt-making traditions in the
opportunities for other people you
know. So, somebody had to make
the sacrifice and I guess it was
the three of us."
their story of how in 1960 three little
girls in New Orleans were the impetus
for many of the future civil rights."
of the Louisiana Fourth Circuit
Court of Appeal, NOLA News
The Legacy Series
Unveil the hidden chapters of history through the Legacy Series, a pivotal component of the National Storytelling Festival. Here, we commemorate the voices of unsung heroes, granting them a platform to finally share their stories. The Legacy Series is a celebration of the forgotten narratives that have shaped our world. Through the art of storytelling, we weave these individual threads into a grand narrative, a rich tapestry of shared experiences, and a celebration of the human spirit.
This series stands out for its unwavering commitment to providing a platform for marginalized stories. These unsung heroes finally take center stage, sharing their personal chronicles that span eras, cultures, and perspectives. Join us as we honor the diversity of human experience and celebrate the strength inherent in each unique narrative.
2023 Legacy Series : Daughter of Auschwitz
Tova Friedman was just two years old when she and her family were seized by the Nazis. They sent her to Auschwitz at the age of five, where they shaved her head and tattooed her arm. Tova survived a trip to the gas chamber and, with her mother, outwitted roving killing squads. The Nazis would go on to murder 150 members of their family. But Tova and her parents lived, and later immigrated to the United States.
Now a highly trained educator, therapist, public speaker, writer, and TikTok sensation (thanks to her grandson, Aron), Tova honors the victims by sharing her difficult memories of the Holocaust. Join her in conversation with Corinne Stavish for this extraordinary Storytelling Studio.
This year’s event is made possible by Wallace Shealy and Catherine Yael Serota Shealy.