Career Highlights



  • Recipient of the Governor’s Humanity Award for her book Stories of the Heart: Missouri’s African-American Heritage (published by the University of Missouri Press in 2009) in 2010
  • Missouri Arts Council’s “Individual Artist of the Year Award” in 2005
  • Griot’s Award from St. Louis’s Black History Museum in 2005
  • Scholarship recipient to Southern Arts Federation Conference for Professional Development Training 2001 and 2000
  • Oral Histories Project Grant through MAC/MFP administered by Clarksville, MO’s Raintree Arts Council 2000
  • Missouri Historical Society Research Grant (Brownlee Fund) 1999
  • MFP/MAC.MFS Storytelling in MO grant 1999
  • MO Master Folk Artist in the area of Storytelling 1990, 1991, 1993, 1998
  • National Association of Black Storytellers Life Membership Award 1998
  • Project Grants (as Executive Director of FGAC/Hannibal) 1993,1994, 1995, 1996
  • Making A Difference Award (St. Louis Continental Society) 1996
  • Outstanding Leadership Award (Phi Theta Kappa) 1981
  • Outstanding Student of the Year 1979
  • Full Career Scholarship to Washington University, St. Louis 1979


  • Honorary Doctorate Degree University of Missouri, St. Louis
  • Master Degree in Education (M.Ed.) University of Missouri, St. Louis
  • Bachelor Degree in Psychology Washington University, St. Louis
  • Certificate with honors in Journalism Washington University, City
  • Associate Degree in General Education St. Louis Community College at Forest Park


  • Excellence In Teaching University of Missouri/Columbia 1999 1998
  • Fundamentals of Arts Management Missouri Arts Council
  • Conflict Resolution Training Certificate (Martin Luther King Center) 1981
  • Outstanding photography (President’s Choice) St. Louis Community College at Forest Park 1979
  • Student of the year (St. Louis Community College at Forest Park) 1979


Numerous schools and libraries throughout the United States (references provided upon request)

  • AVENUES “Team/Staff Building With Stories” Hannibal, MO
  • Moberly Area Community College Moberly, MO
  • Quincy Park District Quincy, IL
  • Oral & Moral Storytelling Conference Hannibal, MO
  • Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence conference Springfield, IL
  • Quincy Museum Folk Arts Festival Quincy, IL
  • Fort Leonard Wood Literacy Festival Waynesville, MO
  • Sikeston Cotton Festival Sikeston. MO
  • Northern Appalachian Storytelling Festival Mansfield, PA
  • Chillicothe Chautauqua Chillicothe, MO
  • Raintree Arts Council’s River Lore Intergenerational Project Elsberry, Louisiana and Winfield Missouri Schools
  • Women’s Center of Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL
  • Salt River Folklife Festival Florida, MO
  • Nebraska Storytelling Festival Omaha, NE
  • Sioux Falls Storytelling Festival Sioux Falls, SD
  • Old Courthouse Heritage Museum Sioux Falls, SD
  • National Coalition Against Domestic Violence Conference Washington, DC
  • Mineral Area College Park Hills, MO
  • Culver Stockton College Canton, MO
  • Regional storyteller at numerous festivals


  • Big Muddy Folk Festival Boonville, MO
  • Ironworld Button Box & Quilt Festival Minnesota
  • Small Farm/Nutrition Conference Cahoka, MO
  • New Salem Storytelling Festival (twice) St. Petersburgh, IL
  • Vermont College Writer’s Conference Montpelier, Vt
  • Storytellers’ Yagbe Milwaukee, WI
  • Suncoast Writer’s Conference St.Petersburg, FL
  • St. Louis Storytelling Festival (twice) St. Louis, MO
  • NABS Festival Kansas City, MO
  • Trails West St. Joseph, MO
  • PBS St. Louis
  • PBS Springfield, IL
  • CSPAN (for portrayal of Mrs. Dred Scott during the Quincy, IL enactment of the Lincoln Douglas debates)


  • National Storytelling Network Annual Conference 1998 Kansas City, MO
  • National Storytelling Festival Exchange Place 1998 Jonesborough, TN
  • St Louis Storytelling Festival 20 plus years
  • Maple Woods Community College Storytelling Festival


  • Traveling as an Education & Storytelling Delegate to the People’s Republic of China with members of the National Storytelling Network 1997 (Bejing. Gaochung City, Shanghai. Gung Vllage)
  • Telling Stories at Shaanxi Normal University Xi’An, China