The E.M.E. Story
E.M.E., Educational and Meaningful Experiences is dedicated to public service. It was founded by Valerie Cooper in Oakland, California. The company was inspired by the passion I had for exercising, the music in my life, the promotion of oral storytelling and especially speeches I made as a member of Toastmasters International, a public speaking organization. I was inspired to coordinate an event that included music, poetry, storytelling and speakers and labeled it “Expresscious Moments”. In attendance were comedians, writers, singers, Toastmasters and dancers. The event was promoted around the city of Oakland by distributing flyers, etc. Advertisements were placed in the Oakland Tribune with the assistance of journalist Chauncey Bailey. The participants who submitted their poetry consisted of a diverse group, a multi-generational and multinational group of people from numerous cities around the bay area. The age of the participants ranged from 15 year olds to an 83 year old woman. The 83 year old poet was Ms. Helen Malkerson, a member of the Ina Coolbrith Circle, Ina who was a poet, who lived from 1841-1928. The Ina Coolbrith Circle existed in Oakland and other cities. The event was truly memorable. Later on health and fitness concepts were included to enrich the lives of participants in the arts.
Adalaine Stephenson, Roberta Johnson