Mary Carter Smith was an African-American griot -- a person who keeps African culture and traditions alive through storytelling. As America's Mother Griot she spread messages of peace and goodwill through her stories. "Learn that book!" Smith grandmother often said. These words helped the storyteller shape her future. The first member of her family to attend college, Smith fulfilled a lifelong dream when she became a teacher. She taught elementary school in Baltimore's inner-city schools for 31 years. Smith fulfilled another dream by traveling to Africa to share her storytelling talents.
In Mary Carter Smith: African-American Storyteller, Babs profiles the life of this devoted and inspirational storyteller, poet and author. Raised in a home with strong moral values, Mary Carter Smith, who would later be acclaimed "Maryland's Official Griot", overcame life's obstacles and went on to express her love of children and African culture. As host of "Griot for the Young and Young at Heart", a Baltimore radio show since 1977, and co-founder to Baltimore's Big Sister-Little Sister program, Smith taught children the art of storytelling and helped them to appreciate their heritage.
Softcover, 104 pages. Reading Realm, 1995. ISBN 0966556801.