Master of Liberal Studies students present ‘Everyday People: An Evening of Storytelling’

Performances by ‘Art of African American Storytelling’ class members are open to public

DALLAS (SMU) – On Wednesday, Nov. 9, students in SMU’s Master of Liberal Studies program will present excerpts from “Everyday People: An Evening of Storytelling,” written by their professor, Njoki McElroy.

The performance begins at 7 p.m. in McCord Auditorium, Room 306 in Dallas Hall, following a reception at 6:30 p.m. The reception and performance are free and open to the public.

“Everyday People” tells the story of commuters on a bus, each of whom is based on a true account. “The bus serves as a vehicle for its passengers to transport views on current issues about race, including a rare discussion of colorism in the black community,” says Dr. McElroy, a nationally known performer whose students have hosted storytelling performances since 1987. “Passengers and audience members will reach their destination both entertained and enlightened.”

The Master of Liberal Studies students performing and producing “Everyday People” are part of Dr. McElroy’s fall course, The Art of African American Storytelling.

“In Dr. McElroy’s class, I have learned to appreciate the rich tradition of African-American storytelling, and I’ve realized that I, too, have a story to tell,” says Tamera Hurdle, a student who is directing the performance.

Audience members are asked to RSVP to For more information, please call Graduate Liberal Studies, 214-768-4273.