Gwendolyn Hilary

 

Gwen Hilary, former educator, librarian, and television show host, tell stories that educate and entertain audiences of all ages and cultures. Her vast repertoire includes stories on many themes, but, she focuses primarily on the history and the folklore of African Americans. For the past fifteen years, she has performed for audiences in over three hundred public and private schools, libraries and institutions throughout the state and nationally. Other venues include the Chicago Art Institute, museums, colleges, private clubs, churches, conferences as well as Storytelling Festivals. A special thrill was sharing stories in Australia at a storytelling conference held near Sydney and at a school in a village in Ghana, West Africa. She specializes in stories that engage the audiences and get them “into” stories. Songs, chants, rhythms and participation bring story characters to life and captivate listeners of all ages. She often performs with Enoch Williamson, a world renowned musician who has performed in over thirty countries. Audiences are captivated by his playing of the drums, shekere, kalimba and other instruments, as Gwen unfolds stories from various cultures.

 

Member Affiliations

NABS, ISI

 

Audience

Children, adults, families

 

Story Types

Biographical, personal, historical, folktales, interactive, participatory, and music infused stories.

 

Story Programs

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Though songs and interactive participation, the spirit, life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be highlighted and his passion of peace and justice.  We will explore ways we can all share, cooperate, resolve conflicts,

 

Trickster Stories

Stories of animals who use their wits and cunning to trick others or overcome obstacles.  Featured characters are Anansi,  Brer Rabbit, Coyote and Raven.

 

Children Warriors

The stories and achievements of young courageous "soldiers" who risked and endured so much to fight for causes of freedom and justice.  The stories include The Children's Crusade, Ruby Bridges and other young heroes.

 

Stories of Achieving Freedom

The incredible journeys of enslaved Africans who escaped to freedom by overcoming inconceivable odds. Biddy Mason, Henry "Box" Brown and Ellen and William Craft are some of the victorious people whose stories inspire us.

 

Strong Women Who Achieved Greatness

Included are the lives of Ida B. Wells, Crusader against lynching and "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement", Bessie Coleman, first black woman to receive a pilot's license and Dr. Wangari Maathai, the Kenyan activist who is responsible for the planting of 30 million trees!

 

Children Changing the World With Love

Through their dreams and fight for a better world, these children mobilized others and achieved great outcomes that impacted the lives of thousands of human beings throughout the world.

 

Women Nobel Peace Laureates

Starting with the first woman peace laureate in 1905, and concluding with the latest, UN Goodwill Ambassador Nadia Murad in 2018, audiences will learn about Women Nobel Peace Laureates of different ethnic backgrounds and fields.

 

Stories and Lives

A fusion of story and music highlighting the lives and literary works of selected authors and poets including Langston Hughes, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Zora Neal Hurston and others

 

Interactive Stories for the Young Child

Fun, participatory stories for children 3 years and up through grade 1.  Music, chants, singing and movement are incorporated into stories.  Many stories are adapted from books that can be incorporated into the classroom library.

 

Multicultural Folktales

Folktales from many cultures that depict the unique characteristics and values of countries around the world. The stories presented are adapted for any age range, even an adult audience and can be centered around a given theme.

 

Celebrating African-American Inventors

The genius of some African-American men and women inventors who have contributed to many fields of science, technology, industry, agriculture, transportation, communication and to the everyday lives of millions of people.

 

Does Workshops?

No

 

Age Range

Pre K, K-12, Teens, Adults

 

Will Travel

Yes

© 2019 ASE: The Chicago Association of Black Storytellers, All rights reserved. PO Box 802834, Chicago, Illinois 60680

 

The November conference pre-festival gala is supported in part by a Community Arts Assistance Program grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

© 2019 ASE: The Chicago Association of Black Storytellers, All rights reserved. PO Box 802834, Chicago, Illinois 60680

 

The November conference pre-festival gala is supported in part by a Community Arts Assistance Program grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.