All Stars Preview: Part 4

May 12, 2018

The Ex Fabula All Stars preview continues, with a look back at the audience favorites from earlier this year. The big season finale event will be on May 18, and feature some of our favorite story-tellers from the past year. 

Our first story is just in time for Mother's Day, and comes from Magda Peck.  When her mother decided that she wanted to come home to die, Magda was surprised by the difficulty of granting her this request. However, Magda had always been her "wingman", and wasn't going to let her mother down on this final request. Listen to hear if she was able to keep her promise.

Our second teller, Shakespeare Lewis, shares an impactful story about his involvement in the NAACP Youth Council Commandos, a security sub-unit that played a large role in Milwaukee’s civil rights movement of the late 1960s. Shakespeare’s story, from the Ex Fabula Race & Place Fellowship Event in January, focuses on the open housing marches held on the city’s South Side. Despite staunch and even violent opposition from some local residents of German and Polish descent, the Commandos kept marching – for three years, Shakespeare and his fellow activists braved the elements to stand up for what they knew what right and illuminate the fight against housing discrimination.

Storyteller Shakespeare Lewis (left) with Ex Fabula's Kennita Hickman (right)
Credit Art Montes

Shakespeare passed away recently at age 74 and we are grateful he shared his important story. We join his family, friends and community in mourning the loss of him.

The audience favorites from this past season will unite for the upcoming finale event, the All Starts “Connection” StorySlam on Friday, May 18 at Turner Hall Ballroom. New volunteers are always welcome at Ex Fabula - you can find information about our next volunteer orientation here.

The full story told by Shakespeare Lewis, here: