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Paul Robeson, West Philly Folk Hero

Listen to Keepers of the Culture, Inc. (KOTC) tell the story of Paul Robeson on SoundCloud! KOTC, Inc. Logo ©1996 Columbus Knox Opening song: Charlotte Blake-Alston Hosts: Tahira Akua Tahira and Dr. C. Frink Reed Storyteller: Denise Valentine. Brought to … Continue reading

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Philadelphia Middle Passage Ceremony & Port Marker Project

Ancestral Remembrance Day – June 2, 2015 Continue reading

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Spring / Summer 2015 Storytelling Performance Calendar

What’s Up Next! Save the Date! Spring / Summer 2015 May 16, 3 PM – 4:30 PM WHERE DOES MY STORY BEGIN?       Philadelphia Folklore Project 735 South 50th Street Philadelphia, PA 19143 P: 215.726.1106 Storyteller Denise Valentine has … Continue reading

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Storytelling: an ancient tradition–its modern uses

  Where in the world have I been? Telling stories, of course, near and far! ANANSE SoundSplash 2014 Storytelling Festival & Conference, Jamaica, W.I.  Image: Ananse SoundSplash 2014, November 19 – 24, Jamaica, W.I. an international contingent of storytellers: Amina Blackwood … Continue reading

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Storytelling, History and Reconstruction

Storytelling as a tool to develop Culture, Community & Capacity-Building

I am honored to be the storyteller for History and Reconstruction, a collaborative history project between Phillip Seitz (historian) and Reconstruction, Inc. (William Goldsby, Chair), a grassroots organization for post-incarceration reentry and reintegration. Continue reading

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Ancestral Remembrance Day – June 2 – Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Middle Passage Ceremony & Port Marker Project   Ancestral Remembrance Ceremony June 2nd, 2014 5:30 – 7;30 PM On the Pier behind Independence Seaport Museum Penn’s Landing 211 South Columbus Blvd & Walnut Street  Philadelphia, PA 19106 ********************************************************** ​Research identifying all ports of … Continue reading

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THE STORY OF MATH

Unsolved problems – and the search for solutions   ‘You have given yourself the trouble to go into matters thoroughly, I see. That is one of the secrets of success in life.’ Anthony Powell, The Kindly Ones, 2nd Movement in A Dance to … Continue reading

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Bethel African Burial Ground Archaeological Survey

Reviving the memory of thousands forgotten in burial ground beneath Philly playground (via NewsWorks) July 26, 2013 By Peter Crimmins @petercrimmins Underneath the swing sets of an urban playground in the Queen Village neighborhood of South Philadelphia are the forgotten remains … Continue reading

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Roots & Wings

I believe that Stories are like Roots to the Past… and Wings to the Future. Amazing Trees, Awesome Roots. About the tree that inspired my logo:  The Umbrella Thorn Acacia “Mimosa Tree” gets its name from a spreading, flat-topped crown. It grows … Continue reading

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Philadelphia Middle Passage Ceremony & Port Marker Project

Ancestral Remembrance Day The Philadelphia Middle Passage Ceremony & Port Marker Project  is leading the movement to conduct an Ancestral Remembrance Ceremony at Penn’s Landing. Our purpose is to acknowledge Penn’s Landing on the Delaware River as a port of entry for … Continue reading

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