Storyteller speaks at The Harley School to celebrate Black History Month

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BRIGHTON, N.Y. — The Harley School in Brighton kicked off its celebration of Black History Month, which runs throughout February, by hosting teaching artist Almeta Whitis on Wednesday morning.

She spoke to students on the importance of presenting and honoring cultural connections through people and through storytelling. It’s all to promote Harley’s motto and hope for each student: “become what thou art.”

“Storytelling has been the way that people have kept communication since the time people came together as groups,” storyteller Almeta Whitis said. “Stories are told about people to explain how or why things came to be, to teach the Athos why people do what they do and entertainment!”

She says performances like these make her feel like traditional storytelling is still relevant.