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Growing Up Black and White in America; Two Acclaimed Storytellers Explain the Stark Differences in Their Childhoods

Storytelling Arts of Indiana proudly joins the national conversation about racial disparity with its presentation of “Growing Up Black and White in America” told by Charlotte Blake Alston and Bill Mettler. Set largely against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam War and the militancy of the 1960s, Blake Alston and Mettler, black and white storytellers respectively, have created an exploration of their respective journeys in America.

Indianapolis, IN, August 13, 2019 --( Both born into the post-war baby boom, Alston was raised in Philadelphia and Mettler in Virginia, both of their fathers were in the Air Force and stationed in the Philippines, both came from families with five kids, and both yearned to see understanding, compassion, respect and equality flow through and among all of America's communities. “Growing Up Black and White in America” is a sharing of personal stories from the 1940s to the present, revealing the differences and commonalities in childhood, youth and adult experiences as Americans of different hues. This performance blends story, music, movement and especially the friendship that Alston and Mettler have shared for more than two decades.

About Charlotte Blake Alston
Charlotte Blake Alston is a highly sought after, nationally acclaimed storyteller, narrator, librettist, and singer who performs in venues throughout North America and abroad. She has been the host, storyteller and narrator for Philadelphia Orchestra and Carnegie Hall’s family and school concert series. She has made multiple appearances at the Smithsonian, Kennedy Center, National Storytelling Festival, and National Festival of Black Storytelling. Her voice can be heard on PBS documentaries and at Fels Planetarium The Franklin Institute.

About Bill Mettler
Bill Mettler is half of the storytelling duo Quiet Riot, along with his brother David. Between them, they have degrees in aerospace engineering and natural resource management and have studied acting, improvisation, mime, jazz and modern dance, ballet and motivational psychology, just to name a few of their pursuits. The Mettlers have performed at Lincoln Center, NASA Goddard Space Center, National Storytelling Festival and on both public and commercial TV.
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