"Telling Our Story, Claiming Our Glory"

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KOTC Logo (c) 1996 Columbus Knox

ROOTS OF KOTC

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KEEPERS OF THE CULTURE was founded in 1991 - KOTC is an affiliate of The National Association of Black Storytellers, Inc. 


FOUNDING MEMBERS


CHARLOTTE BLAKE-ALSTON - JANICE "JAWARA" BISHOP - WANDA GIGETTS - LINDA GOSS - CAROLIESE FRINK-REED - ISAAC MAEFIELD - QUEEN SHEBA


PAST PRESIDENTS 


CHARLOTTE BLAKE-ALSTON & WANDA GIGETTS 

KAREN "Queen Nur" ABDUL-MALIK 

TAHIRA    

ONI LASANA   

RON CARTER

SAUNDRA "Mama Sandi" GILLIARD 

STORYTELLING ERMA GARDNER-HAMMOND


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"The Ancestors Are Listening...So Mind What You Say"

1996 : KOTC hosted the 14th Annual "In The Tradition" of The National Association of Black Storytelling Festival & Conference, in partnership with West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.  

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"The Way We Tell It...Is The Way It Is"

2016 : KOTC hosted the 34th Annual "In The Tradition..."The National Association of Black Storytelling Festival & Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


What is BLACK Storytelling?

“The distinction between Black Storytelling (in America) and other storytelling traditions, is that it was and is continually being forged, honed and shaped by the conditions that brought it forth.”  

 Caroliese Frink Reed, PhD. (from “The African Oral Traditions” by Caroliese Frink Reed in SAYIN’ SOMETHIN’ , edited by Linda Goss, Dylan Pritchett and Caroliese Frink Reed, NABS, 2006) 

Find out more @ NABS

Founding Members speak on KOTC's 20th Anniversary

 L-R: Janice "Jawara" Bishop, Wanda Gigetts, Charlotte Blake-Alston, Caroliese Frink-Reed,Phd. gathered to speak on the origin of Keepers of the Culture, Inc. Philadelphia's Afrocentric Storytelling Group.  

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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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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 support and fund our mission. 


We also bring quality 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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