Storytelling school

Love Without Freedom: Juneteenth Storytelling with Muriel Johnson on June 16

by Contributed content June 14, 2022

Despite the ever-present threat of separation, the bonds held by enslaved African Americans were never easily severed. On Thursday, June 16 from 6:30-7:30 p.m., join Muriel Johnson as she shares uncommon stories from the 1800s of African Americans navigating love, family, and the desires of the heart as their bodies were held captive. Register via Zoom.

Muriel was born and raised in Salisbury, Maryland. She grew up in an environment where the language was celebrated. Her mother was an English teacher, actress and avid reader. As a child, Muriel would sit in wonder as her mother read, told stories, sang songs and recited nursery rhymes. At the age of five, Muriel had acquired an extraordinary vocabulary, an overflowing imagination and a gift for expression. It was natural that when Muriel became a mother and a teacher, she was compelled to share the same way her mother had shared with her. She is a mother of three and has been an early childhood educator for 27 years.

Muriel recently moved to New England from the San Francisco Bay Area. As a professional storyteller, she has performed in kindergartens and elementary schools, churches, museums, colleges, festivals and countless other venues from Wyoming to West Africa and from California to Cape Town, South Africa. In 2014, Muriel was featured storyteller at the famous Sierra Storytelling Festival in California. In 2017, she had the honor of hosting the festival. Adding the author to her repertoire, Muriel publishes her first children’s book, We Sing Like This, in 2021.

This free event received partial funding from the Friends of the Menlo Park Library.