Public welcome to attend appearance of Dabneys on Monday

The public is welcome to come hear storyteller, Jocelyn Dabney, at 7 p.m. Monday at the Presbyterian Church in Columbiana.

Refreshments will be provided at this free event. Dabney is a dynamic storyteller, actress, and retired high school librarian from Youngstown.

She holds a bachelor’s of science degree in education from Kent State University with a major in speech and drama, along with a minor in educational media. She is a graduate of East Tennessee State University with a master’s degree in storytelling/reading. She is the first African-American to receive this degree.

Dabney has presented programs and conducted workshops for schools, universities, libraries, festivals, and churches in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Louisiana. She was recently the featured teller for the “Tell Me a Story” Conference held in Buffalo, N. Y.

Her professional affiliations include the National Association of Black Storytellers. She is also a charter member of The Cleveland Association of Black Storytellers, as well as a member of the Western reserve Association for the Preservation and Perpetuation of storytelling and the Ohio Order for the Preservation for Storytelling. Dabney was chosen by the National Storytelling Network to perform at the National Storytelling Festival Exchange Place in Jonesborough, Tenn.

Among her many honors, she has published two stories, “The Pigg Sisters” and “The Tale of the Eagle in Storytelling World,” the storytelling journal published by East Tennessee State University. She also has the story of Wangari Maathai published in Children and Science Education Journal. She has recorded one CD, “Have You Heard?”

She played the part of Harriet Tubman on a segment about the Underground Railroad on Channels 45/49 (PBS) production of “Secrets of Sherlock.” She is also the featured teller/narrator for a program called “Ohio Stories” and for a segment on women in Ohio history for Channels 45/49 (PBS).

Dabney and her husband, Robert, who accompanies her with his drumming and singing, are active members of The Rising Star Baptist Church in Youngstown. She is the director of the Creative Arts Ministry which includes the church’s Easter musical-drama.

– Submitted material