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Black Storytellers honor African song-and-chant tradition.

As soon as she recited Sojourner Truth's famed "Ain't I a Woman?" speech at her church several years ago, Barbara Eady was hooked on storytelling. Today, the founder of the Cleveland Association of Black Storytellers makes the rounds at libraries, schools, and social groups to read her cache of African American folklore. Eady stops in Lorain today as part of the city's public-library tribute to Martin Luther King. Her recitations will include her own parable, Tell Me a Story, about twin sons in search of their individual purposes in life. The tale's moral sums up her mission. "I have always been a reader. When I found a good book, I often wanted to share it. I found that friends sometimes wouldn't read the book, but they would listen to me tell it," says Eady, who's a clinical social worker by day. "My goal is to celebrate, comfort, empower, and affirm." The affirmations start at 7 tonight at Lorain Public Library, 351 Sixth Street in Lorain. Admission is free. Call 440-244-1192 or visit
Thu., Feb. 21, 7 p.m., 2008

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