Stories in Living Color (2021 program)

hosted by Rick Roberts
Storytelling Room / 12:00 pm - 1:20 pm

Real-time event on festival day with pre-registration required. You can find the registration link near the top of the program page when the link is ready.

Storytelling events are presented by the Storytelling Association of California (SAC).

The Stories in Living Color Project (SILC) was born out of necessity due to the senseless killings of people of color and others from marginalized communities. The project’s concept is simple:  When you get to know someone from another community, the “other” becomes a brother or sister and ceases to be a stranger. SILC introduces storytellers from various communities to one another. Over time they learn about each other and craft stories about their lives that are of a like theme, involving race, discrimination, or systematic inequities. The project began with stories from black and white tellers, and has since expanded to include tellers from diverse communities.

Rick Roberts came to storytelling a few years ago after retiring from the last job in a long series of careers. After attending a few story slams, he realized that the experiences in his own life were fertile ground for interesting personal stories. He began telling his own stories, and promoting storytelling as a board member of the Storytelling Association of California. Rick helped create the SILC project as a tool for social change.

This year’s pairs for the Stories in Living Color panel:
Karin Amano & Roopa Mohan; Ruby Simpkins & Elizabeth Vander Kamp; and Terry Stokes & Ben Tucker

Roopa Mohan
Karin Amano


Ruby Simpkins
Elizabeth Vander Camp


Terry Stokes
Ben Tucker