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Detroit Men Open Up With Personal Stories About "Fathers and Figures"     
by VERGE Staff | Influence and Culture | Sunday, June 15, 2014

Fathers&Figures(Group)-Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers

The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers will bring Detroit men and their personal stories to the stage at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in their "Fathers & Figures" event on Friday, June 20th at 8:00 p.m. The popular monthly event is one of 56 winners of the Knight Arts Challenge which funds projects that engage and enrich Detroit through the arts. 

“Storytelling is a way for people to learn more about themselves and each other,” says Juanita Moore, president of the Charles H. Wright Museum, which hosts the events. “People coming to these shows experience a feeling of life, growth and excitement through connecting, and that deserves a place to be showcased.” 

"Events like the Secret Society's bring out the artist in all of us, helping us to think creatively about our lives and our communities and share the stories that bring people together," said Dennis Scholl, vice president of the Arts for the Knight Foundation.

Thanks to funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers will continue to strengthen and expand its mission of connecting humanity, and healing and transforming the community by providing an uplifting, thought-provoking, and soul-cleansing entertaining experience through the art and craft of storytelling. 

Qasim Abbas, Rep. Phil Cavanaugh, Rabbi Yisrael Pinson, Mark and Ben Sweetman, and Author, Dwight Stackhouse, will tell personal stories on the "Fathers & Figures" theme during the upcoming event on Friday, June 20th. 

To learn more about The Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers visit: www.secretstorytellers.org 

Photo caption: From last year's "Fathers & Figures" event. From (L) to (R) Rev. Horace Sheffield III, Alde Lewis, Jr., Douglas Howell, Satori Shakoor, Butch Hollowell III, Rev. Jim Lee and State Senator, Vincent Gregory. 


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