R. Edinburgh - “Margaret Rose”
Stories for all audiences, especially women
A Fun Educational Entertainer
Storyteller, Doll Artist, Author, and "Sistah Bebe" The Caring Clown
Margaret Rose, listened to her maternal family stories from her eldest sister, Edna Spencer.
Spencer was old enough to be Margaret's mother, and her first five children were the same
age as four of her sisters and one brother, including Margaret Rose. During those precious
moments when Edna was in the midst of a family gathering with her uncles (Melvin, Hampton,
and Joe) and aunts—who were her peers, she would begin telling stories for hours
from memory about her childhood, family and about life. Uncle Melvin would be so tickled,
as he added his version of Edna’s stories. Margaret was always fascinated with the
aura that surrounded this wonderful family event. As a young child, Margaret was inquisitive
and loved learning new words. She would practice using them and learning to spell them.
She was one of the best spellers in her elementary school class—she loved to talk. Somehow
Margaret was driven inside herself, and became an extreme introvert. Now, words penned
on paper became her best friend. She was very quiet, deep thinking and contemplative. People
began to label her as being “backwards.” Alas, her determination and
all of the experiences, wisdom and professional training life presented allowed her to
tunnel through a lot of darkness, leading her back to storytelling. Beginning in May of
1990, Margaret turned a life changing corner with the creation of The
Order of NZingah Doll Collection.™ The dolls placed her in both the local and national media,
national magazines and enabled her travels to international places like South Africa, London
When Margaret Rose finally got involved with Toastmasters, she evolved into a bright ray
of light and inspiration to so many of those who were watching her. Her leadership and
communication skills moved to a whole new level. After completing her Distinguished Toastmasters
(DTM) certification, she enrolled in and completed the Jeff Justice Comedy Workshop. This
exciting experience helped Margaret Rose to develop her stage presence. For the former
introvert, appearing at Atlanta’s Punch Line Comedy Club was the most incredible
thing she had done in a very long time. During this phase of her life, Margaret Rose realized
she had become a “sampler” of life. Already a nurturer, she began seeking more
new things to learn and share with others. Those things she likes, she learns more about.
The things she does not like, Margaret simply marks them from her list. Storytelling was
one of the Toastmasters advanced communication manuals that Margaret became so interested
graduate of Indiana State University, Margaret has worked as an Administrative Professional
all of her adult life. She worked in a major corporation for more than 20 years in Indiana
and Georgia. She loves children and is very active in Atlanta’s Antioch Baptist Church
North. Additionally, she has a keen interest in the elderly, and honors those who are 85+
through her organization titled, The Yellow Rose Society. Her life experiences deeply
arouse her passion to help women to become all they can be—especially those women
who are struggling to raise children without the father of those children. Her first storytelling
(2007) CD titled, “The Order of NZingah Doll Collection: Women of Dignity,” introduces
her audience to her dolls and the journey of her mother, Charlieveen Edinburgh, who reared
her six young children alone when her husband, Henry Edinburgh, passed away unexpectedly.
Her second CD titled, “I Done Tole Y’all,” is a humorously scripted walk
over many paths women have travelled. .
Ms. Edinburgh enjoys reading, sewing, traveling, nurturing others and telling
a variety of stories that entertain, encourage, and educate others.
She uses realistic
goals and strategies to reach the youth through real life experiences to assist and
motivate their self-esteem, and to remind adults that our history is not lost, but
our past experiences from the roots of our ancestors connect us to the present allowing
us to spread our wings to soar into the future. A future of Hope and Change.
has appeared in several public and private settings, senior citizen facilities, and
conferences. She has won several comedy competitions as awards for her dolls.
Antioch Baptist Church North
Toastmasters International (TMI)
Project Management Institute International (PMI)
Project Management Institute Atlanta Chapter
Kuumba Storytellers of Georgia
National Association of Black Storytellers
Womens Imaginative Guild of Storytellers (W.I.G.S.)