Gwendolyn J. Napier
Master Storytelling-Artist of LuvDrop Productions,
Fun Educational Entertainer, Storyteller, Singer, Drummer
GWENDOLYN J. NAPIER heard stories from her mother, Sarah F. Jackson as a child. Her mother told her stories for hours from memory about her childhood, family and about LIFE. She was inspired by her constantly asking, How do you tell stories? Mother Jackson replying “Storytelling comes from the Heart, Just be Yourself”. The experiences and wisdom from her mother, life experiences, and professional training made her realize that everyone has a Story -to-Share and there are others who would Love-To-Listen.
Since 1990, Ms. Napier has worked with young children, youth and adults. She is a RETIRED Educator from the Fulton County Board Of Education. She has worked with many School-Wide and Community based programs. The School-Wide programs consist of Muffins for Moms, Donuts for Dads, Family Literacy Night, Black History Month Programs and a Variety of Others.
Her Community involvements consist of performances at the Historic Oakland Cemetery “Spirit Of Oakland”, National Archive History Center, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Mayors Summer Reading Programs, High Museum of Art, Children’s Museum of Atlanta, Wren’s Nest, Hammond House Museum, APEX Center, Jack and Jill Organization, Atlanta, Dekalb ,Clarkston, and Clayton Library Systems, Southview Cemetery, Atlanta Speech School, Roswell Convention and Visitors Bureau, Starburst Festival in S.C., Valdosta Public Library System, Peach State Festival, National Association of Black Storytellers “ Adopt-A-Tellers Program”, Clarkston Literacy Festival and Others.
Early Literacy for young children is extremely important. She focuses on creating stories that will
keep audiences engaged through Songs, Music, Movement, Dancing, Drumming and Props to make the Stories Come Alive and Stay Alive in their minds. “She brings a Story, Love, and a beautiful Smile with her each time she performs.” Ms. Napier enjoys Reading, and Telling a variety of stories from cultures around the world. She was inspired by her trip to West Africa where she had the opportunity
to experience the Nigerian culture and customs.
She uses realistic goals and strategies to reach the Youth through Real Life experiences to assist and motivate their self-esteem, and to remind Adults that our history is not LOST, but our Past experiences from the roots of our Ancestors connect us to the Present allowing us to spread our Wings to soar into the Future. A future of Hope and Change.
Kuumba Storytellers of Georgia
The National Association of Black Storytellers
Southern Order of Storytellers