Distinguished Toastmaster Arthuretta Martin is the owner and President of Words and Melodies, LLC and is the Interim President of the National Capitol Area Black-Storytelling Association. As a teaching artist, she shares the gift of story through writing, storytelling, acting, and singing. Her vocal talents span several genres including classical, opera, jazz, gospel, rhythm and blues. She’s a member of several performance and storytelling guilds including the Washington Revels Jubilee Voices, Voices from the Earth of Davis West Va and the Ollie Players of George Mason University. She has been a featured teller in several local performances sharing the stories of famous women like Frances Ellen Watkins-Harper, Sisretta Jones, and Marien Anderson. She’s been a featured teller and vocalist at events and festivals around the country and recently at Panafest in Cape Coast, Ghana. Performance venues include the Kennedy Center, White House, Wolf Trap, and the Black Theater Festival in Wilmington, NC. She’s an alumnus TEDx speaker of TED Wilmington, Delaware, She’s a Distinguished Toastmaster, a member of the National Storytelling Network, the National Association of Black Storytellers and the National Speaker’s Association.