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"Telling Our Story, Claiming Our Glory"

Philadelphia's Afrocentric Storytelling Group

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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, Phd.

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 

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.” ....Dr. Caroliese Frink Reed, PhD. (from “The African Oral Traditions” 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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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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