Ancestor Village

Honoring their Seeds of love

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. 

  • Sister Linda Brown (March 18, 1948 – January 9, 2020)
  • Sister Jerri Alexander
  • Brother Phillip Blackwell
  • Brother Edwin Clarke, Sr.
  • Sister Dorothy Robinson

Mother Mary Carter Smith 

(February 10th, 1919, ~ April 24th, 2007)

Hugh Morgan Hill (Brother Blue)
(July 12th, 1921 - November 3rd, 2009)

Temujin Ekunfeo
Yoruba Priest
(January 6th, 1951 - September 5th, 2022)

Sis. Saleemah Shabazz Salahud-din the Storyteller
(1981 - 2020)

Brother Randolph Staten Artwork in Yellow One

Bro. Randolph Staten
American Politician & Football Payer
(January 24th,1944 - May 29th, 2020)

Jerry Blue Artwork Portrait in Yellow Theme

Bro. Jerry Blue The Storyteller

Bro. Bill Cottman

Aunty Beverly Cottman
(February 20th, 1943 ~ March 11th, 2023)

Sis. Matti Clark The Storyteller

Chief Joseph Joel Matey-KeKe

Nothando Zulu
(December 3rd, 1944 ~ September 11th, 2023)