"Telling Our Story, Claiming Our Glory"

Philadelphia's Afrocentric Storytelling Group


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(C) 1996 Columbus Knox


 "If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together"

African Proverb 


Since 1991, storytellers and artists of Keepers Of The Culture, Philadelphia's Afrocentric Storytelling Group  has served schools and organizations throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware with quality educational cultural enriching entertainment. 

Individually, we have represented as Keepers Of The Culture Storytellers for communities around the world. 

Our members have performed and conducted workshops throughout America, Africa, Europe, Asia and islands of the Caribbean. 

Keepers Of The Culture artist/storytellers, offer customized storytelling, literary, educational and entertaining performances, and workshops, on various cultures.

Thousands have enjoyed us individually and collectively in schools, organizations, festivals, corporate or social gatherings. 

Enjoy our journey and we hope to meet you in person!




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.    


KOTC Mission Statement

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. 


The Griot (gri' oh)

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 are griots.


Paul D. Best, President

"Our Sun Paul"  is a professional storyteller, photographer, and an educator. Paul recently earned his Masters in Education degree. Congratulations!

KOTC Officers 2019


Paul D. Best


Detria Morrison


Nashid Ali


Bernadine "Birdy" Davis



Oni Lasana


Atiya Ola Sankofa

Ronald Carter

Keepers Of The Culture is an affiliate of NABS

The National Association of Black Storytellers, Inc.


In 2016 KOTC hosted The National Association of Black Storytellers 34th Annual Storytelling Festival and Conference!

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We support Kwanzaa principals in our community year round!

Dance! Drum! Sing! Tell A Story!


 KOTC's dynamic storytellers enrich, educate, enlighten & entertain, everyone, everywhere!

Listen up! For the finest storytelling on the planet!

At The National Association of Black Storytellers Festival & Conference

"In  The Tradition..." The 37th Annual National Black Storytelling Festival  & Conference

 November 6-10, 2019 - Montgomery, Alabama

Griot Works - Stories In Service

Check out this great video! 

Asante Sana (thank you)...to 

Joslyn Duncan of Griot Works for organizing and capturing this memorable storytelling event in Philadelphia. Featuring Keepers Of The Culture's 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)

With YOU : KOTC grows!

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.

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Asante Sana - Thank you!

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