(C) 1996 Columbus Knox
"Telling Our Story, Claiming Our Glory"
"If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together"
For 28 years, the storytellers and artists of Keepers Of The Culture has served schools and organizations throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware with quality educational entertainment.
Individually, we have represented as Keepers Of The Culture Storytellers for communities around the world.
Thousands have enjoyed us individually and collectively in schools, organizations, festivals, corporate and social gatherings.
Keepers Of The Culture artist/storytellers, offer customized storytelling, literary, educational and entertaining workshops, performances, lectures and events.
We invite you, to engage KOTC to present as a collective, or any of our individual artists to your community, as we all continue to share the glory of African and African American storytelling.
I am KOTC
Keeper Of The Culture
Keeper of the African Diasporic culture.
I keep it through the telling
The telling of our stories.
Our Stories. Our Stories. Our Stories.
Reflecting our culture and
The history of our People, I say
The history of our People..
Throughout the entire world
Our mission is to
Entertain & Validate
Reinforce & Reinstate
The Truth of who WE are.
The Truth of who we are
The Truth of who we are
We are Keepers Of The Culture
(c) 2018 Wanda Gigetts, Founding Member
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Ghanaian Adinkra symbol for a house of security, safety & unity.
Keepers Of The Culture, Inc. KOTC, or ("Khotsi") of Philadelphia is a non-profit, educational, cultural art organization which seeks to perpetuate the African and African-American oral tradition. We recognize that traditional African storytellers - griot's - were the true "Keepers Of The Culture."
The griot's role as historians of the community helped people maintain a strong, positive sense of self and a clear understanding of the values of the community and the individual's role in the community. The storyteller/griot presence insured that the history, culture and values of a people would be passed on in their own words.
We intend to highlight, reinforce and pass on the history and culture of African-Americans and their antecedents, to educate and nurture individual and collective self-esteem and foster pride of culture in our community-especially in our children.
Our objective is to do this by offering performances, workshops, seminars, mini-festivals and collaborations with other cultural arts organizations and artists of various disciplines in the Philadelphia area.
We are Poets, Historians, Advisors, Spokespersons, Diplomats, Peace-makers, Praise-singers, Interpreters, Translators, Musicians, Composers, Teachers, Warriors, Witnesses. A Griot is sometimes called a Jali in Mali. Both men and women can be griots.
L-R: Pauline Cohen, Storytelling Irma (president 2017- 2019), Charlotte Blake Alston, Caroliese Frink-Reed, Phd, Queen Nur, Denise Valentine
Paul D. Best
Bernadine "Birdy" Davis
Atiya Ola Sankofa
In 2016 KOTC hosted The National Association of Black Storytellers Inc's 34th Annual Storytelling Festival and Conference!
We support these principals in our community.
Our storytellers enrich, educate, enlighten & entertain, everyone, everywhere!
"In The Tradition..." The 37th Annual National Black Storytelling Festival & Conference
November 6-10, 2019 - Montgomery, Alabama
Check out this great video!
Asante Sana (thank you)...to Joslyn Duncan of GriotWorks for organizing and capturing this memorable event in Philadelphia. Featuring Keepers Of The Culture's gifted & talented storytellers, musicians and artists.
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AYA the Adinkra symbol of endurance and resourcefulness. The fern is a hardy plant that can grow in difficult places.
"An individual who wears this symbol suggests that he has endured many adversities and outlasted much difficulty."
(Willis, The Adinkra Dictionary)
KOTC is a non-profit organization.
Your generous tax-deductible donations will fund our mission.
Your support will also allow us to bring quality arts-in-education programs to under served schools and neighborhoods in Philadelphia and in the PA, NJ, DE tri-state area.
KOTC accept checks or money orders via KOTC P. O. Box 15083, Phila. PA 19130.
ALSO, for your convenience feel free to securely submit your debit or credit card membership payments or a donation by clicking on the PAY PAL button below.
Asante Sana - Thank you!