Rose McGee

Rose McGee, M.Ed., is a professional storyteller, poet, actor, educator, and entrepreneur. She serves as a teaching artist in schools with the VocalEssence WITNESS Program, is a member of several storytelling affiliates and leads community dialogues on issues such as race, equity and academic achievement for all students. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Education from Lane College, Jackson, TN and a Master’s Degree in Arts Education from Lesley University, Cambridge, MA. She is host of School Matters, a cable television show that highlights the positive aspect of students in Minneapolis Public Schools and is featured in several national television commercials. In February 2011, she was recognized as a Community Hero during a half-time game by the Minnesota Timberwolves and as a Legacy Hero by Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

As a motivational speaker and facilitator, she is now featured on the web as an international TED New Ideas presenter. Rose often uses food (especially pie) as a theme for hosting private and community dialogues in order to start conversations on a common (and delicious) playing field. She is completing her memoir, “Can’t Nobody Make a Sweet Potato Pie Like My Mama” - The History of Sweet Potato Pie.

Rose is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, founder of the Head Scarf Society™ and owner of Deep Roots Gourmet Desserts specializing in “sweet potato pie” along with her original creation – “mango cobbler.” Her sweet potato pie was invited to Washington D.C. by Senator Amy Klobuchar for the 2009 Presidential Inauguration. Rose resides in Golden Valley, Minnesota.

Workshop Description

With a focus on genealogy and food, Rose McGee will demonstrate storytelling through the activities “Where We Come From: Personal Genealogies” and “Soul Food: Life-Sustaining Nourishment.” Students will delve into the “self:” who am I, where do I come from and how does food connect to my deep roots.

McGee’s presentation of “story” will help students understand how: to identify their own dreams and stories that reside within; to present via the creative and colorful art of storytelling; to interview parents or elders and discover their own heritage; and how food connects to the culture, the history and the present.

To Prepare Students

  • Teachers should familiarize students with contents from the Teacher Resource Guide including “Where We Come From: Personal Genealogies” on p. 62 and “Soul Food: Life-Sustaining Nourishment” on p. 78 of the WITNESS Teacher Resource Guide
  • Listen to the entire Companion CD, for each song is beneficial to learning

Please Note

A CD player is required for this workshop.