Storyteller to present African-American lore


February 21, 2002|By Tricia Bishop

Storyteller and author Alice McGill appears at the Aberdeen Branch Library on Wednesday to wrap up the library's Black History Month celebration. Performing "Songs and Tales of African-American Folklore," McGill will draw from a collection of more than 200 stories, chants and songs, weaving their words and themes together to show the similarities in folk tales across ethnic and racial boundaries.

McGill frequently explores ethnic and racial themes in her literary works. Her first book, Molly Bannaky, recounts the true story of a white servant girl living in Maryland in the late 17th century who falls in love with and marries a black indentured man. Miles' Song, McGill's second book, is set in the pre-Civil War South and tells the experiences of a 12-year-old slave boy as he learns about life and struggles to find a "song of freedom."

Her third book, In the Hollow of Your Hand, is a collection of African-American slave lullabies preserved through oral tradition.

To find out more about McGill or her stories, visit her Web site at

McGill's library performance begins at 6:30 p.m., 21 Franklin St., 410-273-5608.

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