Beck, the Executive Director Emeritus and Founder of the Vermont Folklife Center, recounted her first encounter with Daisy Turner on the Vermont PBS program Connect.
“First and foremost, she was a storyteller,” Beck told Connect host Fran Stoddard. “The ‘Turner Narrative,’ is full of what I call ‘touchstone stories’; key stories, pivotal moments, that are surrounded by emotion.”
Jane Beck, author of Daisy Turner’s Kin, found in this Vermonter a living history of the African American experience.
“This is a way of understanding and of bridging differences,” Beck said. “If you listen to stories it’s a common denominator. Everybody likes stories.”