"Telling Our Story, Claiming Our Glory"

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

NASHID FURAHA ALI

Storyteller For Peace...

Before Black Panther...

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

Contact Nashid

CHARLOTTE BLAKE - ALSTON

RON CARTER

Professional Drummer, Poet & Historical Re-enactor

Contact Bro. Ron

BARBARA EASLEY-COX

CAROLIESE FRINK-REED, Phd.

WANDA GIGETTS

DARLENE MURPHY

ATIYA OLA SANKOFA

Keepers Of The Culture Members 2018

Nzinga Asel-El

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

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

Sunshine, Sparkles & Stories!

Karen is also available in Delaware.


CONTACT KAREN



Bernadette "Birdy" Rogers

We welcome our newest member as of May 2018! 


CONTACT MS. BIRDY

Toure Clark

Bernadene Davis

"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

Storytelling Irma with guitar in hand, brings alive stories with music and interactive songs!


CONTACT STORYTELLING IRMA


Saundra Ellis Hill

Erma Holmes

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


CONTACT ERMA

Oni Lasana

Storytelling...everything is possible!

A variety of cultural enrichment programs for all audiences.


CONTACT ONI

Roland Hasan Sharpe

Mama Carla Wiley

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


CONTACT MAMA CARLA

Rev. Denise Troutman-Wooten

Baba Seth Yeldell

Stories for all ages.

CONTACT BRO. SETH

Cousin Millie

Family stories from your favorite cousin!

CONTACT COUSIN MILLIE

Supporters / Donors

NICOLE WEST

Give thanks & praises for your generous donation!

~ KOTC Legends...Rest In Peace ~

Theresa Randall, Phd.

Theresa "Feathers In The Wind" Randall was a family counselor, storyteller and also hosted a storytelling TV program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She served as a Creative Director and was a warm and loving storyteller.

Vina Bright

Vina "Brightlocks" Bright was a Educator, Storyteller, and Musician extraordinaire. She loved life and constantly blended her talents to express and reflect her life. Her favorite Singer was Bernice Reagan, a fellow alumnae of Howard University and founder of Sweet Honey in the Rock. Vina's voice was similar to that of Bernice Reagan's. She was well known and loved in her spiritual community, always studying to seek the deeper truth. Vina was a healer, message therapist and herbalist.  

Jeanette "Moonsong" Mallory-Hill

Moonsong retired as a health educator at Downingtown Middle School, PA. Owner/photographer of "Paparazzi by Appointment." She enjoyed taking photographs of storytellers in action,

Storytelling drew Moonsong to explore her first people ancestry. She is shown here portraying & telling the story of Lena Horne at KOTC's  Family Day program.

Brenda "Doni" Johnson

Doni was a professional dancer who performed in "Golden Boy" with Sammy Davis, Jr. and a tour stint with James Brown. She also danced in several revue's at Smalls Paradise in Harlem, New York. A devoted mother, community activist, jewelry artisan and business woman. Her company trained and employed woman in home health care services. She joined KOTC for her love of our culture and her sister, Oni Lasana.

Abiodun a.k.a. Minister Phillip J. Harris

Brother Abiodun, the original "Hip-Hop Pop Pop" and cultural activist. He blended modern poetry, African folktales and legendary Black His Stories to life.


More on Bro Abiodun here


Faith Mbonu

Faith, an opera singer of freedom songs and teller of African folktales. A resident of Ghana, Africa & Philadelphia, PA., 

Faith was a powerful melodic storyteller.

Phyllis Jackson

Phyllis was a quiet storyteller, poet and excellent writer. She was a community worker dedicated to helping young, troubled women to get their lives  on track. She was a member of NABS and enjoyed attending several conferences. She was a dedicated KOTC member who worked tirelessly behind the scene Her forte was historical stories.  She will always be remembered for her poem, The Legend of  Henry Box Brown, an enslaved man who escaped by mailing himself in a box from Virginia to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Shirley E. Riley

Shirley is on the right with legendary storyteller, JACKIE TORRENCE (RIP) in Winston Salem, NC. Shirley hailed from New York City. She was KOTC's photographer and a powerful voice in the black consciousness movement and a published poet.

Sankofa Symbol of Remembrance

Sankofa is an African word from the Akan tribe in Ghana.  The literal translation of the word and the symbol is “it is not taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind.”
The word is derived from the words:
SAN  (return),
KO  (go),
FA (look, seek and take).

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"An individual who wears this symbol suggests that he has 

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(Willis, The Adinkra Dictionary)


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