Style and wit, New Orleans charm and world-wide travels have made Diane Ferlatte an internationally renowned storyteller. She has wowed audiences on six continents as she brings her performances to life through stories, songs, sign language, humor, and audience participation with a repertoire of folktales, myths, legend, fables, as well as personal and historical stories. While many of her stories & songs have African-American roots, she loves to tell any story that holds truths touching upon our common humanity while inspiring students as she passes on values, history, and culture. Awards for her recordings include a Grammy nomination, multiple Parents' Choice, American Library Association, iParenting Media, Storytelling World, & National Parenting Publications awards. Additional national awards include the NSN's Circle of Excellence Award, NABS' Zora Neale Hurston Award, & the California Arts Council's Highest Ranking.
We Were There: Not Black History but Blacks in American History: From the earliest days of slavery to present times, African Americans have been here, living and struggling, working and creating. Their contributions, experiences and efforts have sometimes been ignored; this stirring presentation shines a light on the unique and essential part that African Americans played in the shaping of this country. These moving and sometimes humorous stories prove how important and integral African Americans are to this country - they are part of America and America is part of them. Erik Pearson accompanies Ms. Ferlatte on banjo & guitar.