Hear My Story, Hear My Song: Promoting Diversity Through Sharing A Harmony of Voices

Wednesday, Feb 1

2:00 pm
via Zoom

February 1, 2023 | 2:00 pm

Hear My Story, Hear My Song: Promoting Diversity Through Sharing A Harmony of Voices
Presented by Elizabeth James

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Meeting ID: 982 8715 1102
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 Since the dawn of time,  storytelling has been foundational to the ways people understand and connect to the world around them. History is comprised of stories from every culture. Each day we engage in sharing our lives through connecting the power of our unique narratives. 

 Marginalized people have many stories that deserve to be added to the tapestry of American history. The more voices we empower and uplift, the more we discover how we are in the words of the great poet Maya Angelou "more alike than unalike." Honoring our authentic voices is crucial when we are bombarded by so much misinformation that separates us.

 Let's discover some of the ways we can lift our voices to create a more open and inclusive way of understanding one another better. As the philosopher and activist Grace Lee Boggs wrote, "Another world is possible!"

Elizabeth James is a native Detroiter and third generation storyteller who loves helping others to find their voice and express themselves. 

She serves as the Program Manager in the Department of Afro-American and African Studies (DAAS) at the University of Michigan. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Communications and History of Art as well as a Master’s of Arts in Journalism and post-graduate work in the School of Information from the University of Michigan and from Wayne State University, a Master’s of Science in Library Science. 

Elizabeth has received many honors for her service and dedication to DAAS and the outreach programs she organizes such as the Cornerstone Award for Black Celebratory, the Ginsberg Award for Service and Social Activism, the Distinguished Diversity Leader Award, Advisor of the Year and the Harold D. Johnson Diversity Service Award.

However, she most cherishes serving as an adviser to U-M student organizations such as the Black Student Union and the National Council of Negro Women, and serving as a doula as well as volunteering  for the organ and tissue donation group, Wolverines for Life for transplant recipients like herself. 


Elizabeth James  photo