Hi, I'm Shelley Moon, a storytelling artist, educator, and social justice activist. I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio to two serious activists during the height of the Civil Rights Movement. They continuously exposed us to diversity, provided strong education, and modeled the importance of “speaking out and speaking up”, including personal contact with Martin Luther King, Jr. As one of the first black crossover radio DJ's, my father promoted Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Sammy Davis Jr. and other music legends. I have been touched by royalty.
I was 5 years old when I learned what the word, "petition" meant. We moved from a middle class home in an all-black neighborhood to a wealthy all-white, all Jewish neighborhood where they had signed a petition to keep us out. What I couldn't understand was why? And no one could explain racism to my child's open heart and my open mind. Determined to find an answer, I put on my best yellow cotton dress and matching yellow hair ribbons. I climbed the wall and dropped down on the soft green grass surrounding Mrs. Schwaub's house. I went to the door and lifted the heavy knocker. It took forever for someone to answer the door. Finally a very tall very regal white woman with a mile high bright red beehive hairdo opened the door and in a stern voice asked me what I wanted. "Why don't you like us, Mrs. Schwaub? Why don't you want us to live here?" I asked. After what seemed like an eternity, she suddenly burst into tears as she took my hand and led me inside her home for milk and cookies. That single brave moment taught me it can all change in an instant and that my voice mattered. Every Saturday night thereafter Mrs. Schwaub piled my four brothers and sisters into her midnight blue Cadillac convertible and drove us to Dunkin Donuts. "Well," Mrs. Schwaub said, "at least you're not Catholic."
My whole world broke open from this experience and all the wisdom within it. I empowered myself by going directly to the source and searching for answers and understanding. It transformed my life, and firmly set me on the path to social justice, guiding myself and others on this inner journey to not only find your authentic voice but to learn how to use it in every area of your life.
I have moved through many different challenges including gender issues, body dysphoria, and incest recovery. I met these challenges in fundamentally the same way by going directly to the source and exploring unique, creative, peaceful ways to resolve conflict and lean into Martin Luther King's dream of an just and equal planet.
I am a storyteller by trade and by grace. I use socially conscious personal narrative writing to unearth the stories we were born to tell in that moment to free ourselves and others, while letting go of the ones that no longer serve us such as, we are less than and unworthy. It is life altering. It changed my life forever as I fully embrace my new story of purpose, courage, and freedom. The point of power is always in the present moment. I am always at a point of choice. I choose again and again and again to show up for and live from my true identity. When your brain is burning , your heart racing and you feel most like running away-then run all right; run like hell toward your life, toward your future, toward the opening in the world of awakened hearts and feelings, to a space in life reserved for you and your dreams. This is what I do. This is who I am. The Story Whisperer...