Coinciding with Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, the Black Storytellers of San Diego will screen a video documentary about the experience of growing up in San Diego County on Saturday at 2 p.m. the History Center in Balboa Park. The group will also perform some stories.

I interviewed founder Annjennette McFarlin and her sister Linda Brown yesterday about storytelling and their life growing up in Chula Vista. McFarlin recounted some details about riding in the segregated Jim Crow cars of the train at age 9 when her family moved west from Florida.

McFarlin’s eyes gleam when she talks about the art of storytelling.

“When you tell a story, you’re getting people mentally and physically involved in what you’re doing. And so they’re taking that trip with you,” she says. “And oftentimes people talk about, well, storytelling is for children. That’s not true! Storytelling is for all of us. Because each of us has a story that we could tell. Every day. All day long.”

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Kelly Bennett is a former staff writer for Voice of San Diego.

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