irst and foremost, Carlo is a wife and mother to two children (and one in heaven), but she is also a  graduate of College of Charleston with a Masters of Ed. Curriculum & Instruction, Integrated Teaching Through the Arts. Carlo has captivated audiences since the age of three and inspired the youth for over two decades.  As a teaching artist, Carlo teaches  in a style that delights, inspires, and enlightens audiences and leads Creative Writing classes and workshops with groups of all ages.

 

Carlo’s “why” is providing a voice to the voiceless within society. Carlo wrote and starred in the "The Missing Voice" a one-woman show and educational workshop to bring awareness to the educational and social needs of historically underserved and marginalized youth while providing teaching strategies for educators and teacher leaders. As a community organizer and advocate, Carlo has served as chairperson on various boards, such as the Rock Hill Community Relations Council and Juneteenth Rock Hill, where she has amassed extensive professional experience with significant executive leadership accomplishments in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector. As a Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) college instructor and district DEI professional development workshop instructor, she leads DEI sessions across the state.

Carlo L'Chelle Dawson is an award-winning author, poet, master storyteller, historic dramatic reenactor, arts integration specialist, motivational speaker, community organizer, Power of PROGENY Foundation founder and executive director, and teaching artist for nearly 20 years. In short, she calls herself an “edutainer”. She is the author of three children’s’ books and two poetry books.  Most notably, Carlo is the author of the children’s book “Why We Celebrate: The Rich Legacy of Juneteenth”. This children’s’ book is beautifully written & illustrated, explains what Juneteenth is, and offers information about African American historians, inventions, and Juneteenth celebration ideas and activities. She has been featured on South Carolina's ETV Juneteenth: Second Independence documentary and the British Broadcasting Corporation's World News Juneteenth feature among various other interviews.

As a historic dramatic reenactor and storyteller, Carlo has portrayed Coretta Scott King, Harriet Tubman, Ruby Bridges, Eartha Kitt, and more. This talented storyteller leads Creative Writing classes and workshops with groups of all ages and compels her audience through audience participation, enthusiasm, and engagement.

This community servant is driven to motivate, to uplift, and to inspire individuals to maximize their full potential. With a heart for the craft of story and a lover of language, Carlo L’Chelle Dawson is ready to take any audience on a high energy, interactive, entertaining, & educational journey.

When not writing, Carlo enjoys spending time with her family and friends, event planning, Zumba, cooking, and community activism.  Carlo strongly believes anything is possible with God and lives by the scripture, “I can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens me” - Philippians 4:13. As stated in “My Revelation”, the title track on Carlo L’Chelle Dawson’s LP, It is [her] destiny. She will succeed, and it is her calling to inspire you to do the same."

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Testimonials

Tanysha Belk, Spanish Teacher

"Thank you for sharing your gifts of music and poetry with us! We were honored to join you in this journey! We popped that CD in as soon as we hit the car and agreed that this is the kind of music that you listen to over good conversation and wine. I read your whole book in one sitting! Thank you for sharing your journey of pain, and most importantly your triumph! I was especially touched by a few of your poems, and though I wasn't quite ready to write my own responses, I have hope that my own healing will come in time. I sincerely thank you!"