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Dayton Strong Stories: She is helping kids heal from the tornadoes in their own words

Published: Thursday, December 26, 2019 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Thursday, December 19, 2019 @ 4:41 PM

Dayton area resident shared stories of survival as part of the Dayton Strong Storytelling Sessions recorded at the Dayton Metro Library. Latesa Williamson, the Dayton poet and performer known as A Slate, of  The WRITElife Village is pictures. She holds a book of poems written by children following the tornadoes.
Amelia Robinson
Dayton area resident shared stories of survival as part of the Dayton Strong Storytelling Sessions recorded at the Dayton Metro Library. Latesa Williamson, the Dayton poet and performer known as A Slate, of The WRITElife Village is pictures. She holds a book of poems written by children following the tornadoes.(Amelia Robinson)

Words can heal. 

Latesa Williamson, the Dayton poet known as A Slate, said that has been true in her life, as well as the students she instructs through The WRITElife Village.

She helped Dayton-area children express their pride and fear related to the Memorial Day tornadoes. You can listen to her story in the podcast above.

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This audio recording is part of a partnership between Dayton Daily News, WHIO-TV, Dayton.com and WHIO Radio designed to share stories of survival, struggle and strength. 

>> HEAR MORE STORIES IN THIS SERIES

Valley residents shared personal stories about their experiences during the Oregon District mass shooting, Memorial Day tornadoes and other 2019 tragedies with Dayton Daily News reporters Cornelius Frolik and Amelia Robinson. 

>> Dayton kids write book about the tornadoes, and you can help get it published 

Dayton area resident shared stories of survival as part of the Dayton Strong Storytelling Sessions recorded at the Dayton Metro Library. Dayton's talked about the Oregon District mass shooting and the Memorial Day tornadoes.(Amelia Robinson)

The sessions were recorded at the Dayton Metro Library’s downtown branch. Some will be featured as part of an upcoming WHIO-TV special.