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Storytelling Contest deadline, September 21, 2014

Baltimore, MD (BlackNews.com) — Who are our unsung, unknown and uncrowned heroes/ sheroes who have had and are having a profound impact on our lives? The National Association of Black Storytellers, Inc. (NABS) encourages our community members to tell family, neighborhood and historical stories, and to enter video narratives into the 2nd annual NABS National Storytelling Contest.

Recently during the most valuable player award ceremony sponsored by the MBA, Kevin Durant, basketball player for the Oklahoma Thunder accepted the award and gave what is being called, “the greatest acceptance speech of all time by an MVP.”  He told the story about his mom and gave her all the credit.  “Mom, you’re the real MVP.”  Kevin Durant used a national platform and took advantage of a great opportunity to crown his mother and make her achievements known to the world.

The NABS National Storytelling Contest: Lighting the Way: Stories of Our Heroes/ Sheroes – In our Homes, Community and in Our Nation provides a nationwide platform for others to tell stories of people who have lit the fire and is lighting the way for hope, strength, courage and empowerment in their lives.

The call is to create, record and share an original story inspired by the NABS’ statement, entitled “The Need to Crown our Heroes/Sheroes.” The competition has a youth and an adult category. Winners in each category will receive a cash prize, along with an opportunity to perform, during the 32nd Annual National Black Storytelling Festival and Conference, to be held in Chicago, IL, November 12-16, 2014. This annual national event draws attendees from across the country.

NABS believes stories are transformative. When we share the courageous victories of our people we pass on invaluable lessons of faith, determination and endurance. We create and sustain a culture that freely speaks out for the rights of freedoms, justice and equality. This call to action is in keeping with the NABS mission to promote and perpetuate the art of Black Storytelling — an art form, which embodies the history, heritage, and culture of African Americans.

NABS is calling all members of the community to encourage one another by making their heroes and sheroes known to the world by recalling and sharing original family stories and oral histories. Storytelling Contest deadline, September 21, 2014.

To read the official NABS statement in its entirety and review guidelines to enter the second annual National Storytelling Contest, as well as register to attend this year’s Festival, please visit www.NABSinc.org

NABS is the authentic voice of Black Storytelling. The contest is sponsored by In FACT, Inc. and the NABS Past Presidents Advisory Council.

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