ISSUED: 15 November 2023
MEDIA CONTACT: Cecelia Mason
SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — A Shepherd University student attended and presented at the National Association of Black Storytellers 41st National Black Storytellers Festival and Conference November 8-12 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Brooklyn Gholston, an Appalachian studies and political science double major from Charleston, West Virginia, represented Shepherd at the national event and had the opportunity to do her own storytelling.
“This was a great opportunity to hear and see all these great storytellers, and I hope other students can have this opportunity next year when the event is held in Buffalo,” said Gholston, who plans to enter law school and practice in West Virginia.
Gholston was able to hone her storytelling skills in The Art of Storytelling, a class in Shepherd’s Appalachian studies program taught by Adam Booth, an adjunct professor, nationally known storyteller, and 2022 West Virginia Folk Artist of the Year.
Gholston received scholarships from the National Association of Black Storytellers and Shepherd University’s Allies for Appalachia to cover the cost of attending the conference.
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