From Many, One – stories that unite

Democracy, diversity and heroism/ American stories for all

Stories inspire, teach and model future behavior. Storytelling is a way to bring people together — across age and economic and social and racial barriers. Listeners unite in a powerful and shared experience, and come away with strength that can transform the present and shape the future.

From Many, One is a program with humor and heart that transmits the message found on the Great Seal of America — that our nation is stronger for our diversity.

Stories include*

  • George Washington and the Cherry Tree – a story about taking responsibility
  • Stone Soup at Valley Forge – a tale of a black cook in the Continental Army
  • Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott – the power of a person
  • The Bully and the Shrimp – resolving conflict with compassion
  • The Tale of Bad Breath Bill – a cowboy who saves the day
  • The Short Tale of Erika P Spunk – the first female American folk hero
  • The Little Wolf Cub – how communities work together
  • Chiri Bim – the healing power of song
  • The Seven Brothers and Sisters – a family comes together

*Sets may vary slightly based on the age range of the listeners

A Note from Mark

“This program is not political in any partisan sense. As a writer and storyteller, my job is to listen to all sides of a debate and create a sense of wholeness. I believe that there are conversations that we can have that bridge our divides. These stories are my contribution. That said, if you have requests or suggestions, please let me know. (That’s kind of the point! ;-)”
—Mark Binder, 2018

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