Jay O’Callahan and the Power of Story

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2013 Stories from Birmingham and the Civil Rights Movement

(L to R) Jay O’Callahan, the Rev. Paul Sprecher, the Rev. Anne Emry

Jay O’Callahan tells stories all over the world: in Tennessee, London, Dublin and now in Hingham, at Glastonbury Abbey.  The Hingham-Hull Religious Leaders Association presented an event featuring Jay’s beguiling talent to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  An audience of all ages was rapt listening to Jay embody the stories of a young white woman who grew up in Birmingham and worked for equal rights.  He enacted the song-poem of Brother Blue and his encounter with grace when he thought he would be killed sitting in the front seat of an Alabama bus.  Sacred stories always point to God’s grace, and when they are told by a master storyteller they are a great delight.

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