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Humans of Muskegon storytelling program shares diverse narrative of local residents

MUSKEGON, MI — A unique storytelling program is expected to share the stories of several local residents in their own words.

Muskegon Area District Library, Hackley Public Library and Muskegon Community College announced the 2024 launch of the innovative, Humans of Muskegon storytelling program this week.

Inspired by the Human Library concept originating in Denmark, the collaborative initiative aims to spotlight the diverse narratives of Muskegon County residents who have experiences related to prejudice, acceptance, discrimination, health struggles, and more.

According to organizers, this is the second year MADL has hosted the event as a powerful tool to encourage others to confront and challenge stereotypes within the local community.

Jackie Endres, marketing manager at MADL, said the first event was in conjunction with the Muskegon Museum of Art’s “Through Our Lens: Hands” exhibition, which showcased the hands of Muskegon residents and the work they did in the community.

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“We’re hoping to see even more of an impact with a much more diverse selection of humans this year,” Endres told MLive/Muskegon Chronicle. “These aren’t voices you necessarily hear about all the time, but they’re universal stories. So, hopefully, it helps build that sense of community and acceptance in everyone we have in our communities.”

Now through April, the new program employs a unique storytelling format, combining 15 recorded and live sessions to create a platform for individuals to share their journeys.

“The stories featured in the Humans of Muskegon program were gathered from community members who eagerly participated in this unique and meaningful opportunity to share their personal experiences,” organizers said in the release.

The program unfolds in two distinct parts, where the public is encouraged to attend to listen, engage and develop a better understanding of the rich tapestry of Muskegon County.

Part 1: Listen and Watch

The public is invited to access the 15-minute recorded stories from the Humans of Muskegon online at MADL.org/Humans.

Part 2: Engage

Join the Egelston Branch of MADL from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17 and the MCC Gerber Lounge from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3 to “check out” Humans books.

Attendees will have the opportunity to have a one-on-one session or small-group, 20-minute conversations about the Humans of Muskegon stories.

For more information, contact Muskegon Area District Library at (231) 737-6248 or visit its website.

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