Ubuntu Storytellers Celebrate Juneteenth in Darien with Stories of Liberation, Freedom


Pat Sheary, adult programs manager at the Darien Library, right, serves light drinks and cupcakes at the June 19 Ubuntu Storytellers’ celebration with “Victory and Jubilation: Stories of Liberation Despite…” at the Darien Library Community Hall in Darien, Conn. on Wednesday, June 15, 2022. The Ubuntu Storytellers are a diverse group of black, brown, and mixed-race professional storytellers. They will share stories of triumph and jubilation and their experiences with discrimination, racism and microaggressions.

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DARIEN – Ubuntu Storytellers celebrated June 15 with “Victory and Jubilation: Stories of Liberation Despite…” in the Darien Library Community Hall on June 15. Ubuntu Storytellers are a diverse group of black, brown, and mixed-race storytelling professionals who have shared stories of triumph and jubilation and their experiences with discrimination, racism, and microaggressions. The group was at the library thanks to Pat Sheary, Manager of Adult Programs at the Darien Library, who served light drinks and cupcakes during the event.

Among the storytellers were Jezrie Marcado-Courtney, who spoke of “The Element of Freedom”; Jill Marie Snyder, who spoke about “The UnGuidance Counselor”; Laconia Therrio, who told the story of “Grandma Ruth & Blackie”; and Cynthis Rojas, who spoke about her experience being “Left Behind.”



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