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Pearls of Wisdom Storytellers

The Pearls of Wisdom are a touring ensemble of elder storytellers, led by artistic director, Thelma Ruffin Thomas. In richly told presentations, the Pearls present stories that illuminate their individual pasts and, in turn, our collective histories.

Their lively, spirited, interactive, and authentic presentations not only promote the tradition of elder folk art stories but also inspire audience participants to share stories of their own. Presentations typically last sixty minutes and include an introduction, story presentation, and discussion.

Pearls present in a wide range of settings and presentations. Their performances are a great way to foster discussion during awareness months such as Black History Month, Women's History Month, and Older America's Month. Bring the Pearls to your community!

To book the Pearls of Wisdom Storytellers for a performance, please send a request to:

To learn more about each Pearl, click on the "Pearls' Biographies" link in the side navigation bar.

The video below is "The Art of Storytelling", presented by Pearls of Wisdom member Dr. Joyce Duncan.