She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. It was given by the faculty of the University of Missouri-St. Louis and The Board of Curators. She has won the Missouri Arts Council’s “Individual Artist of the Year Award” and the “Griot’s Award from St. Louis’s Black History Museum in 2005 for her work with storytelling. She was the 2010 recipient of the Governor’s Humanity Award for her book, Stories from the Heart: Missouri’s African-American Heritage(published by the University of Missouri Press in 2009). She is a 72 year old recovering stroke victor. She speaks about her miraculous recovery to health organizations. She also gives speeches and performances covering the benefits of storytelling in schools at conferences and festivals. She is currently employed as “Artist in Residence” at The Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum in Hannibal, Missouri. Last but not least, she has been doing it for 35 plus years!