Ancestor Village

Welcome to this quiet, joyful place that is another rest stop for our storytellers and storytelling supporters who have made transition. As said by the African proverb: “Death is a robe we each must wear.” If you don’t know these names, we want to introduce you to them. After all, it’s not your fault that you did not have the good fortune to know them. We were blessed to have been in their presence and enriched by their wisdom. Whenever possible, you may click on their names to find additional information on them.

As long as we call their names, remember their works, describe their smiles and pass those along to others as we tell their stories – they live on!” (VZ)

On this page are but a few of our esteemed ancestors on whose shoulders we stand. Each is beloved for their contributions to the art of storytelling from an African/African American perspective. Residents:

  • Mother Mary Carter Smith (February 10, 1919 – April 24, 2007)
  • Sister Linda Brown (March 18, 1948 – January 9, 2020)
  • Dr. Hugh Morgan Hill aka Brother Blue (July 12, 1921 – November 3, 2009)
  • Sister Mattie Clark
  • Sister Jerri Alexander
  • Brother Phillip Blackwell
  • Brother Joseph Joel Matey-Keke
  • Brother Jerry Blue
  • Brother Edwin Clarke, Sr.
  • Sister Dorothy Robinson
  • Brother Randolph Staten
  • Sister Saleemah Shabazz Salahud-Din
  • Brother William “Bill” Cottman
  • Brother Temujin Ekunfeo (January 6, 1951 – September 5, 2022)