Have Mouth Will Run It!

By Michael D. McCarty

Michael D. McCarty reflects on how he discovered the art of storytelling. Michael and several of his storytelling colleagues consider the impact of storytelling in schools, in prison settings and in the community.

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Mama Said

By Michael D. McCarty
Michael’s mother models the importance and love of reading, but, mostly importantly, the value of kindness. When Michael tours in Brazil, he discovers that his mother was teaching the students there as well.

A Real Friend

By Jennifer Munro
A funny and touching story about two girls who live in a socially divided village in the heart of the industrial English Midlands. On one unusual day, they transcend the barrier that separates them the joy of  that brief friendship is long remembered.

A Tale of Two Weddings

By Michele Carlo
A Tale of Two Weddings comically—and poignantly—captures the story of two similar, yet different weddings in Michele’s family. What does intermarriage mean? Is cultural insecurity really a thing? Could a story like this still happen today?

A White Girl Learns about the Black History of Australia

By Anne E Stewart
In the early 1980’s, Anne got a job as a children’s librarian in the Northern Territory of Australia. With a middle-class white background, she was to learn much about the black history of Australia. Have race relations changed in the last forty years?

Barak: Aboriginal Artist and Storyteller

By Anne E Stewart
Anne knew nothing of the history of the First Nations people of Australia until she set on her path as a storyteller. Her journey to respect and understanding began at an exhibition by an aboriginal artist and charismatic storyteller, Berak Barak.

Brooklyn is Not America

By Michele Carlo
New York City born-and-raised Michele goes on a trip to Paris, France, and learns what it means to be both a Nuyorican (a New York Puerto Rican) and an American in a way she didn’t expect. And what does being “an American” really mean, anyway?

Christmas Food Drive

By Susan O’Halloran
During a high school Christmas food drive in 1965, Sue brings canned goods to a family living in Cabrini Green housing projects. Isn’t that a good thing? Why would the family resent her?

Davy Crockett

By Susan O’Halloran
As a five-year-old, Sue met a boy her age who was different from her. Sue’s mother subtly lets Sue know that she is not to be friends with the boy.

English is Hard When You’re the Only Black Boy in Iowa

By Inanc Karacaylak
Inanc Karakaylak was sent from Turkey to Muscatine, Iowa as an Exchange Student where he experienced intense culture clashes, ridicule, and cold weather. However, he was blessed to have an amazing host family including Christian Minister, Hal Green.

Four Moments

By Loren Niemi
Loren learned what White privilege means when he was willing to look at how it worked every day – in a traffic stop, at the store and in community meetings. Once Loren saw it, how could he not question, “This is what we live with?”

Gumballs and the Brothers Three

By Jim Brulé
A Baptist, a Muslim, and a Jew visit a church three years in a row to promote interreligious dialogue and understanding. The transformation of one angry congregant through the image of a gumball machine provides an enduring lesson for everyone.

I Am Tall for a Chinese Person

By Archy Jamjun
A server navigates the sometimes subtle and sometimes blunt racial comments he receives while working at a restaurant.

I See Your Problem, John

By John Wylder
In the 1980’s, John was an IT executive in a large bank based in Atlanta, Georgia. The bank received pressure to greatly increase workforce diversity. John turned to an African American friend for help and the friend’s insight changed everything.

If You Cut Us, Don’t We Bleed

By Norah Dooley
A white high school student connects racial justice and the anti-war movement. After 4 white students are killed in OH, Norah joins a national strike. Days later, 2 black students are killed in MS. How would her largely white student body respond?

Jack’s Sketches: Laughter in an American Internment (Concentration) Camp

By Grace “Megumi” Fleming
Jack was just 16 when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. He could not stop World War II or the U.S. Army forcing his family and 120,000 innocent Japanese Americans into concentration camps. Can Jack’s humor and sketches help him “make the best of it.”

Jimmy Nessar

By Elaine Muray
An unlikely friendship is formed in a small-town barbershop. The friendship is not one that can openly flourish due to racism in the town. The story illustrates how one stands firmly and humbly in the face of racism while always willing to give back.

My Civil Rights Moment

By Beth Ohlsson
After the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., Beth realized that the fight for civil rights was happening right in her own home.  When she discovered the prejudice of her family, she had a choice to make. Her family’s beliefs? Or her own?

Privilege, Protest, and the Environment Stories Now and Then

By Heather Forest, Ph.D.
White suburbanites shut down a nuclear power plant on Long Island, NY. while indigenous people on the Standing Rock Reservation were unable to stop the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline on sacred native lands. Environmental racism?

Spanish on Sunday

By Michele Carlo
Soon after 10-year old Michele’s great-grandmother dies, she gets lost at New York City’s Puerto Rican Day Parade. What happens next confirms she doesn’t fit in with her family or her people. Can you remember a time you felt you didn’t belong?

The Dirty Hands at Atwood’s Farm

By Dorothy Cleveland
One day during the 1950’s, a mixed-race couple came to visit the Atwood’s farm in rural Wisconsin. What happened to cause a young girl to question her mother’s response to the couple?

You Are Good for Him

By Sarah Beth Nelson
Friendly lunchtime religious debates with Sarah Beth’s high school band friends turned serious when her religious identity was called into question. Would she be able to lose her religion but keep her friends?