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Through Our Own Eyes by Donna Washington
If you wish to understand a people, do not look to the stories others tell about them; seek the stories they tell about themselves. It is in those words, hopes, and ideas that you will find their true heart. Master Storyteller and author, Donna Washington, takes you on a tour through some of the stories that sustained African Americans and gave them the strength and determination to overcome enslavement, fight for freedom, and find resilience and laughter in the face of injustice.

Donna Washington is an internationally known, multiple award winning storyteller, spoken word recording artist, and author.

A highly animated performer, she has been entertaining, educating, and inspiring audiences with her vocal pyrotechnics, elastic face, and deep characterizations that bring folklore, literary tales, and personal narratives to life for over thirty years.

Donna has been called a “Walking Disney Movie”, and told she was "better than television".

Aug 11, 2020 01:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Donna Washington
Donna was born an army brat in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She traveled all over with world with her parents. Her father would sit at the dinner table and spin the wildest yarns imaginable. He taught her Arthurian Legend and Greek Mythology by telling the stories in the first person. She thought he had actually been with Merlin and Oedipus. She thought he was thousands of years old. Donna spent from second to sixth grade in Seoul Korea. It was during these years that her parents adopted three Amerasian children. Through it all, she learned about different people, places and of course, learned their stories. Donna attended Northwestern University and was involved with numerous theatrical productions. It was at this time that storytelling reemerged as something she wanted to learn more about. In the four years she was there, she began to make storytelling a central part of her performance life.