Awards & Honors

Rhode Island Pell Award for Excellence in the Arts, 2016


Nancy Elizabeth Prophet Award, RI Black Heritage Society, 2003

National Storytelling Network’s Circle of Excellence Award, 2001

Distinguished Visiting Professor Johnson & Wales University, 2000

Parents’ Choice Gold and Silver Awards, 1996

Jefferson Award

City of Providence Outstanding Citizen Award

Humanitarian Service Award from the Heifer Project International

New England Monthly Magazine Local Hero Award, 1987.

Noteworthy Appearances

Festival at the Edge, Manchester UK

International Singapore Storytelling Festival

National Storytelling Festival, Jonesborough, TN

Cave Run Storytelling Festival, Kentucky

Cape Clear Island Storytelling Festival, Ireland

The Tenth & Thirteenth International Storytelling Festival, Belgium

Kamala Elementary school, Phuket, Thailand

MLK Celebration, John F. Kennedy Library, Boston, MA

Martha’s Vineyard Festival of Storytelling

The Taos Festival, New Mexico

Discovery Theater at The Smithsonian Institute

The Kennedy Center for the Arts, DC

Performed at the Bill Clinton Inaugural Festivities 1992

The National Black Storytelling Festival, (numerous times)

The Folk-Life Festival on the Mall, DC  (numerous times)

Storytelling  Festival of Amsterdam, 2009