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City of Philadelphia is a UNESCO Site of Memory

The City of Philadelphia is one of 31 documented U.S. Middle Passage Arrival Sites recently approved by the UNESCO Slave Route Project as “Sites of Memory” associated with the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Continue reading

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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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