Elisha “Mother” Minter is affectionately known as Mother Minter. A graduate of UNC-Charlotte holding a BA in African American and African Studies. She has an extensive background in music and theater. Mother Minter is a retired veteran of the Mecklenburg County Library serving her community for 28 years as a Youth Program Specialist and Informational Specialist. She also served as the Coordinator for the library’s training and storytelling staff development component, Frontline Storytellers, an award winning local and national program.
Mother Minter’s storytelling and theatrical career spans a 30 year period in which time she has performed on stage and in community theater, as well as appeared in films. She appeared in stage productions of “The Wiz”, “South Pacific”, “Show Boat”, and “Proposals”. For the latter, she won Actress of the Year from Creative Loafing in Charlotte, NC in 2002. Her film debut was in the March 2007 release “The Ultimate Gift” starring James Garner.
As a writer, Mother Minter has been featured in Charlotte Pride, Charlotte Magazines and Black Child USA, where she wrote a bimonthly column called “Parenting Points”. She is presently self-publishing a book entitled Children’s Play Songs from the African American Experience: In the Tradition.
Currently, Mother Minter travels around the country performing original stories from The Bread Family Tales: Growing Up in Rural North Carolina During Jim Crow. Every year from December 26 to January 1, in collaboration with the Kwanzaa Charlotte committee The Kwanzaa Experience is held in local meeting places to celebrate our African culture and teach our children their Black History.
Children of all ages know who Mother Minter is, if not through storytelling then through music or theater. For those that aren’t familiar with her and her gift/craft she lovingly suggests with an infectious smile “google me”. She is indeed everyone’s mother.
Tune In Each Week at Mother Minter's Magical Moments with Children