Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012

male student on a stage speakingUSA Network and The Moth today brought the Characters Unite Storytelling Tour: Stories of Prejudice and Power to Berea High School. 

Meghan Markle, star of the hit series, Suits, coached the students during the past week and helped them develop their stories. Ten Berea High School students told their own true, personal experiences about overcoming bullying, discrimination, or intolerance – live, without notes – during an all-school assembly of more than 1,000 students.

female student on a stage speakingThe Characters Unite tour includes a series of special events and educational workshops in communities and high schools across the country, as part of USA’s award-winning Characters Unite public service campaign to combat prejudice and discrimination. The goal is to use the power of storytelling to foster greater tolerance and acceptance and encourage a more productive dialogue. The program is presented locally by Charter Communications.

The Characters Unite Storytelling Tour has stopped in Washington D.C., New Orleans, New York, Seattle, Chicago, Denver, St. Louis, Atlanta and Los Angeles. In addition to the tour, USA supports this initiative with extensive on-air programming, online content and other off-air activities.

About Characters Unite:

Characters Unite, USA Network's award-winning public service program, was created to address the social injustices and cultural divides still prevalent in our society. Inspired by USA Network's iconic "Characters Welcome" brand and with the support of leading national nonprofit organizations, the ongoing campaign is dedicated to supporting activities and messaging that combat prejudice and intolerance while promoting understanding and acceptance -- on-air, online, and in communities across the country.

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