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Better Than Recess

Some people like to tell stories. Others, like Linda Gorham, can't help but sing, dance and shout their stories.

Hailing from Aurora, Gorham is a captivating and energetic African-American storyteller whose original stories convey lessons about compassion, empowerment and inner peace. Her tales transcend age, race and gender; teaching lessons about the threads that bind humanity.

Her work at schools throughout the state have even garnered the praises of the toughest audience: kids. One storytelling session reportedly prompted a second grader to declare: "Mrs. Gorham is better than recess." If that's not the best endorsement one can earn, what is?

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Illinois has a wealth of storytellers to keep you entertained all year round. Check out some of these modern day bards: Maggie Brown, Oba William King, Jim May, Momma Kemba and Shanta.

Or if you prefer that the storytellers come to you, there are always storytelling festivals to be found, like the Illinois Storytelling Festival in Spring Grove and the Chinquapin Folk Music and Storytelling Festival in Peoria.

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Watch Gorham perform her interactive story, "No Time for a Partay."


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