Decee Cornish will be bringing his 19 years of storytelling experience to the CCC stage on Tuesday, March 14 at 10:30 a.m. in the Spencer/Rounds Theatre. Admission is free and the public is invited.
Cornish is often referred to as the “Urban Aesop” and was introduced at a youth rally as the “Bad Boy of Storytelling.” When he asked why he was introduced as such, the student responded that Cornish was “the baddest dude there.” Recently, Cornish has appeared in schools as “Gator Bill,” telling stories of Buffalo Soldiers to students.
Cornish has conducted workshops and performed at Texas Christian University, Texas Wesleyan University, East Texas State University, Texas A & M University, the Lena Pope Home, Texas Youth Commission, the NOSAP Program (Neighborhoods Organized for Substance Abuse Program) and the I Have a Dream Foundation.
He has also held Residence positions at Texas A & M University and Sam Houston State College. Cornish served as an adjunct professor at Tarrant County College for over fifteen years.
Texas born and raised in Houston’s Fifth Ward, Cornish joined the military and served over a decade. During this time, Cornish attended colleges and universities worldwide. He experienced many cultures and learned their stories.
Cornish began to tell stories to disadvantaged and at-risk children while working for a non-profit youth facility, using stories to teach and motivate. He continued his work and in 2005 the Presidential Commission on the Arts and Humanities recognized his work with the “Coming Up Taller” award.
For more information about the humanities series at CCC, please call 620-251-7700, ext. 2060.