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Chicago, Illinois
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Biography |

Interview Date: 2/21/2018

Speech and language pathologist Edie A. Armstrong was born on June 2, 1951 in Chicago, Illinois to Christine Smith McLoud and Maxel McLoud. In 1969, she graduated from Aquinas Dominican High School in Chicago. She received her B.A. degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois in 1973, and her M.S. degree in health science, communication disorders, sciences and services from Governor State University in University Park, Illinois in 1989.

Armstrong began working with the Chicago Public School system in the 1970s as a speech therapy assistant. In 1989, she decided to become a full-time English/Spanish bilingual storyteller, published writer, percussionist, speech/language pathologist, and voice-over artist under the moniker of Mama Edie. She staged storytelling performances and workshops for parents, teachers, children, social workers, steel workers, attorneys, and various other professionals. In 1998, she co-founded ASE: the Chicago Association of Black Storytellers. From 2001 to 2006, Armstrong served as Resident Storyteller for Ounce of Prevention Fund in Chicago. Her responsibilities included developing and implementing of lesson plans for preschoolers as well as performances and activities that incorporated math, science, and social studies. She joined BNM Professional Consultants in 2005, serving as a Speech and Language Pathologist until 2007. In 2011, Armstrong was hired as a Speech and Language Pathologist at InspirePath Therapeutic Agency.

A master artist of Storytelling in the African-American Oral Tradition, Armstrong uses a blend of Spanish and English or Sign Language. For her performances, she includes interactive songs from various African and Native American cultures that reflect her own heritage. She has performed in Ghana, Togo, Benin, Mexico, India, Trinidad, South Africa and Brazil, and appeared on television program “30 Good Minutes.” She also authored numerous articles on self-empowerment through cultural pride, countering violence through story and music, and language and literary development through the arts. Armstrong’s memberships include National Association of Black Storytellers, Inc., National Storytelling Network, ASE: The Chicago Association of Black Storytellers, American Speech, Language & Hearing Association, Illinois Speech, Language & Hearing Association, National Black Child Development Institute, Afro-Latin Institute, National Council of Teachers of English, and the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP).

Armstrong has one daughter, Ayana.

Edie A. Armstrong was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 21, 2018.

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