OUR  HISTORY


KEEPERS OF THE CULTURE was founded in 1994


FOUNDING MEMBERS 


Charlotte Blake-Alston - Janice "Jawara" Bishop - Wanda Gigetts, 

Linda Goss - Caroliese Frink-Reed Phd - Isaac Maefield - Queen Sheba


KOTC is an affiliate of The National Association of Black Storytellers, Inc. 


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


2016 : Hosted the 34th Annual "In The Tradition..." The National Association of Black Storytelling Festival & Conference, 

"The Way We Tell It, Is The Way It Is!"


PAST PRESIDENTS 


Charlotte Blake-Alston - Queen Nur - Tahira   

Oni Lasana, Ron Carter, Momma Sandi


 ANNUAL PROGRAMS 


FAMILY DAY 

Annual "Sundays On Stage" series at the Philadelphia Free Library - Parkway Branch


LOVE NIGHT

An evening of stories, poetry & music in celebration of family & community 


KWANZAA CELEBRATION

A celebration of Africans American history & culture 


COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS  

African American Museum of Philadelphia

 GriotWorks "Stories In Service" 

Philadelphia Folklore Project

University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology 

InFACT, Inc / Art Sanctuary / Tahira Productions


 COLLABORATIVE PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS 


Children's Hospital of Philadelphia 


TELLABRATION! 

with Patchwork, A Storytelling Guild 


Perdue University Black Cultural Center

Throwing Down The Gauntlet: Telling the Stories of Sisters in the Black Panther Party through the African Oral Tradition 


Also..
STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS / PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT / MENTORING PROGRAMS FOR YOUTH
COWRIE SHELL PATH TO STORYTELLING

 KOTC COMMITTEES  

Watoto of Joy - Our Youth
Community Outreach Program & Events
History & Archive 
Membership & Development
Funding & Grants