CHARLOTTE BLAKE ALSTON: STORIES AND SONGS IN THE ORAL TRADITION
November 9, 2018
Internationally renowned storyteller and educator, Charlotte Blake Alston, breathes life into traditional and contemporary stories from African and African American oral and cultural traditions. For hundreds of years throughout the African continent, people gathered and told stories. The tradition may be the strongest in the West African countries of Senegal, Gambia, Guinea and Mali where history was preserved and is still passed down orally through the words and music of the griots or jalis. Stories were the way the beliefs, mythology, cultural identity, history, and shared community values of a people were taught and preserved. The tradition continued when Africans were brought to America. In this engaging performance, Charlotte selects from her wide repertoire of stories and songs from the African and African American oral traditions.