Ms. Dorothy Johnson, described by some as the Rosa Parks of Green Street United Methodist Church, talks with Pastor Kelly Carpenter. Ms. Johnson joined Green Street in 1993 at the invitation of Reverend Jasper Boyd. It was an all-white church at the time. Click here to see the change!
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Monica Johnson talks with her dear friend, Delores Turner (left). One of Delores’s earliest memories recalls when she was a straight A third-grader yearning to please her mother. Today, following a lifetime of achievements, Delores has come to replace that yearning with a desire to pursue success simply to please herself.
StoryLine Facilitator, Lopa Shah, talks with Dr. Bansi Shah and Dr. Sumati Shah (right), her parents. Originally from India, Dr. Shah and his wife moved to Winston-Salem from NYC in 1972. Here, they were amongst the first of international doctors working at Forsyth Hospital. Today, they share some charming stories of their journey to build a life and a home in Winston-Salem.
WWII Veteran, Gerry Reinhardt, talks with his good friend, Molly North. Mr. Reinhardt was drafted when he was twenty years old and his primary duty while serving was to build bridges. He shares a story about an interesting encounter with some German soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge.
Amanda Sullivan talks with her photography student and friend, Stella Newman Hennis (right). Before her passing, Stella’s daughter, Amy, blessed her mother with a wonderful gift by introducing her to classes at The Sawtooth Visual Arts Center. Stella shares how that gift rekindled her passion for photography and helped her to grieve her daughter’s death.
Samita Wolfe and Peter Aguero are close friends and members of the acclaimed storytelling group, The Unchained Tour. As a young girl growing up in Woodbine, GA, Samita was emotionally, physically and sexually abused by her stepfather. She talks about how, in spite of her hatred and anger, she was overcome by emotion when he passed away.
Giovanna Karina Hurtado-Vargas (pictured with friend, Moises Serrano) talks about her experience growing up in American schools and about how her dreams of going to college were dashed by the glass ceiling of living undocumented.
Tania Gonzalez talks with her God Mother, Faith Lockwood. When Tania was nine years old, her mother, a single parent, left her children with relatives in Guerrero, Mexico to emigrate to North Carolina in search of work. Tania and her brothers later followed. Tania shares the story of the last day she spent with her mom, and how she has tried to cope with her mysterious death.
John Thompson talks with his wife of twenty-six years, Vivian Akers-Thompson. Ms. Thompson was first married at the age of seventeen and by twenty-two, found herself raising three children in a marriage affected by alcoholism. As a young man, Mr. Thompson had also found himself facing challenging times. They talk about their past, how they met, and the positive energy they bring to each other’s lives.
Alex Velez, originally from Miami, talks with his fiancée, Dia Dawkins, of Lexington, NC. Alex was raised in one of the toughest neighborhoods in Miami. At age eleven, he began selling drugs and committing robbery. At age 15, he was convicted of 2nd degree murder and spent nine years in prison. He talks about a turning point in his life that motivated him to become a new person.
Friday, May 3
StoryLine bus at Gallery Hop
Come on down to the Gallery Hop and join us near the 6th and Trade from 7-10pm. Share your story and leave with a FREE CD of your recording!
Saturday, May 4
Komen Race for the Cure
Join us at this year's race from 8am-1pm. Come take a tour of the StoryLine bus and sign up to share your story!
Saturday, May 11
Winston-Salem Centennial Celebration
Between 11am-8pm we will be collecting stories, particpating in the Jaycees Centennial Parade and finishing up the day at the Centennial Celebration Party at Corpening Plaza!
Saturday, May 18
May Monthly Recording
Join us on our StoryLine bus. We will be collecting stories from 10am-3pm.
Contact Megan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-499-4402 to schedule your recording time. Leave with a FREE CD of your recording!