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September 30, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Downstairs Program Room
800 Alma St.
Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Belonging in the USA: The Story of Michael D. McCarty

Monday, September 30, 2019

Our 4th Annual Storytelling Festival continues, with an award-winning documentary about internationally-acclaimed storyteller Michael D. McCarty -- and then a chat with the man himself!

Michael D. McCarty's packed schedule doesn't leave time for him to make it to Menlo Park--for now--so we'll watch the new film about his remarkable story.

Belonging in the USA: The Story of Michael D. McCarty is an award-winning documentary sharing the journey of a man who, even in the face of the greatest obstacles, spreads joy wherever he goes. The film follows Michael as he evolves from aspiring scientist to Black Panther Party member, from FBI target to soldier, from drug addict to an ashram devotee. The twists and turns of Michael’s life inspire hope and laughter, and serve as a living example of resilience that challenges contemporary American stereotypes and can help build bridges between us in ways we never considered.

After the film, we'll have a video chat with Michael, so you can ask your questions about his remarkable life!

About Michael D. McCarty
Internationally-acclaimed storyteller Michael D. McCarty is a teller of African, African-American and International folktales, historical tales, stories of science, spiritual stories as well as stories of the brilliant and absolutely absurd things he has done in his life. He has traveled to many countries as a storyteller, including: South Africa, Zimbabwe, India, China, Jamaica, Russia, Egypt, England, Malaysia, and Korea, and his travels have reaped a harvest of tales that testify to the unity within the diversity of the human spirit.

About the Menlo Park Storytelling Festival
From September 7-October 2, enjoy the wonderful art of traditional oral storytelling, with a variety of visiting artists.
  • October 2: Michael Katz

About Storytelling

Storytelling is telling stories--without using a book. It's an ancient art form that predates libraries, and books, and writing.  According to the National Storytelling Network, "storytelling is the interactive art of using words and actions to reveal the elements and images of a story while encouraging the listener’s imagination. In storytelling, the listener imagines the story."