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KEEPERS OF THE CULTURE was founded in 1991 - KOTC is an affiliate of The National Association of Black Storytellers, Inc.
JANICE "JAWARA" BISHOP
CAROLIESE FRINK-REED, Phd.
SAUNDRA "Mama Sandi" GILLIARD
KAREN "Queen Nur" ABDUL-MALIK
CHARLOTTE BLAKE-ALSTON & WANDA GIGETTS
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.
2016 : KOTC hosted the 34th Annual "In The Tradition..."The National Association of Black Storytelling Festival & Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
“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
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.
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)
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