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Storytelling Festival: Keeping the Oral History Alive

This year the storytellers are Darlene “Big Mama” Watson of Danville, Charlotte Hamlin of kummba_dancersGreensboro, North Carolina, Donna Washington of Durham, North Carolina, Fred Motley of Danville and performances by the Kuumba Dance Company and the Cultural Arts Ensemble.

The Storytelling Festival, celebrated during Black History Month, is a family-oriented, multi-cultural, multi-generational event meant to inspire and bring together the entire community. The hope is that with each festival, participants will learn more about their heritage, instilling greater pride in Danville.

   The Kuumba Dance Company   Summon the Spirit!

 Sponsors: Womack Foundation,First State BankAlpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.,Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. NAACP Pittsylvania Branch, The Cultural Arts Ensemble,Opera Ebony, Bo Motley and the Movement Group,The Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History, Target, Walmart,Pepsi Bottling Group, Sams Club Loogi


Feel the Power of the Spoken Word!

The Griot or praise singer (storyteller) was like a walking history book. The stories and songs he sang traced the ancestors of the king or chief of the village, and hundreds of years of African history.The stories and songs were passed from one griot to another for generations           Logie Meachum


Wonder at the Universal Stories as Told by the Griots


The stories and songs of the griot helped to preserve the wonderful history of the African people. Long before African history was written in books it was told and sung




Fred Motley and the Cultural Arts Ensemble