"Telling Our Story, Claiming Our Glory"

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KOTC Logo (c) 1996 Columbus Knox

"Our children may hear about hero's of the past, out task is to make ourselves architects of the future"

Jomo Kenyatta

~ KOTC LIFE MEMBERS ~

KAREN "Queen Nur" ABDUL-MALIK

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Past president of The National Association of Black Storytellers, Inc. Queen Nur was featured in Essence Magazine and recently facilitated a storytelling project in Cameroon, Africa.


Contact Queen Nur

NASHID FURAHA ALI

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"Storyteller For Peace"

Before Black Panther...

we had Brother Ali, a multi-instrumental griot for peace & unity.


Contact Nashid

CHARLOTTE BLAKE - ALSTON

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A founding member of KOTC. Charlotte is a recent recipient of The National Association of Black Storyteller's Brother Blue Storytelling Award. Charlotte is a international Storyteller, Griot and Jeli. She also is the storyteller in residence for the Philadelphia Orchestra. 


Contact Charlotte


RON CARTER

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Professional Drummer, Poet & Historical Re-enactor

Contact Bro. Ron

BARBARA EASLEY-COX

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CAROLIESE FRINK-REED, Phd.

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WANDA GIGETTS

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DARLENE MURPHY

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ATIYA OLA SANKOFA

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Keepers Of The Culture Members 2019

Nzinga Asel-El

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Mama Nzinga 

"The Poet"

is a Philly based Performing Artist.  She is still exciting her audiences by sharing her Jazz Poetry and Cultural Stories for the last two decades.

A Storyteller and Educator.  

Nzinga "The Poet", uses her Art to Educate, Motivate and Uplift!

Nzinga "The Poet" is available for : Live Performances, Workshops, Residencies, and Classes.


CONTACT NZINGA

Janice "Jawara" Bishop

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A founding member of KOTC, Jawara tells her grandfather's tales, original and fictional stories. A published author, her story "The Crumb Snatchers" is published in "Jump Up and Say! A Collection of Black Storytelling"  edited by Linda and Clay Goss. 


CONTACT JAWARA

Karen Blaylock

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Sunshine, Sparkles & Stories!

Karen is also available in the state of Delaware.


CONTACT KAREN



Paul D. Best

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Paul D. Best is a elementary school teacher in Philadelphia. He loves telling stories, personal, real and imaginary. A dynamic and humorous teller, he enjoys taking on characters and engaging everyone in his story circle, to focus, listen and learn something very interesting in his circle.


CONTACT

OUR SUN PAUL 

THE STORYTELLER

Detria "Dee" Morrison

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Dee is a spoken word artist & poet.

Our renewed member and long time supporter of KOTC. 

Welcome forward Dee!


CONTACT DEE


Your Space

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We welcome you to join Keepers Of The Culture in the storytelling movement. To enrich, educate and entertain in schools, festivals, corporate, libraries, social and private organizations.

As we continue "Telling Our Story, Claiming Our Glory!"

Join here

Bernadette "Birdy" Rogers

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We welcome our newest member as of May 2018! 


CONTACT MS. BIRDY

Toure Clark

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Bernadene Davis

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"Momma Bernadene" is a author, book publisher, songwriter and vocalist. Her workshop offerings include poetry, personal development, social sustainability and celibacy. She is also a member of International Book Publishers Association.


CONTACT BERNADENE

Irma Gardner-Hammond

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Storytelling Irma is a life time advocate for inter-generational storytelling. A historical re-enactor and with guitar in hand, she brings alive stories with music and interactive songs for all ages.


CONTACT STORYTELLING IRMA


Saundra Ellis Hill

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Erma Holmes

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Professional comedian and storyteller  Erma reveals the  humor in human nature.


CONTACT ERMA

Oni Lasana

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"Storytelling...everything is possible!"

Oni offers a variety of cultural enrichment storytelling & wellness programs for all audiences.


CONTACT ONI

Roland Hasan Sharpe

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Brother Hasan debut as a growing Griot, with his telling of Aesop's "Sticks in a Bundle" for Family Day 2018. His memorable presentation was an excellent example of reaping what you sow.

 

CONTACT  HASAN

Mama Carla Wiley

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"Mom Read" is a librarian, storyteller and sharer of stories for everyone!


CONTACT MAMA CARLA

Rev. Denise Troutman-Wooten

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Baba Seth Yeldell

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Stories for all ages.

CONTACT BRO. SETH

Cousin Millie

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Family stories from your favorite cousin!

CONTACT COUSIN MILLIE

Supporters / Donors

NICOLE WEST

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Give thanks & praises for your generous donation!

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General Meeting

2019 

MONTHLY : 2nd Saturday

10:30 - 12:30  AM

JANUARY 12  

FEBRUARY : no meeting

MARCH 9 - APRIL 12 - MAY 11 - JUNE 8 -  JULY 13 - AUGUST 10 - SEPTEMBER 14 - OCTOBER 12 - NOVEMBER - no meeting for NABS convention - DECEMBER  8


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318 South 48th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19143, United States

215.989.3298


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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.


ALSO, for your convenience feel free to securely submit your credit or debit card for membership payments or a donation by clicking on the PAY PAL  button below. 

Thank you!

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