Latesa Williamson, the Dayton poet known as A Slate, said that has been true in her life, as well as the students she instructs through The WRITElife Village.
She helped Dayton-area children express their pride and fear related to the Memorial Day tornadoes. You can listen to her story in the podcast above.
>> PODCAST: Struggle, survival and strength: Dayton shares stories from year of terror
This audio recording is part of a partnership between Dayton Daily News, WHIO-TV, Dayton.com and WHIO Radio designed to share stories of survival, struggle and strength.
>> HEAR MORE STORIES IN THIS SERIES
Valley residents shared personal stories about their experiences during the Oregon District mass shooting, Memorial Day tornadoes and other 2019 tragedies with Dayton Daily News reporters Cornelius Frolik and Amelia Robinson.
>> Dayton kids write book about the tornadoes, and you can help get it published
The sessions were recorded at the Dayton Metro Library’s downtown branch. Some will be featured as part of an upcoming WHIO-TV special.