Baba Jamal Koram on the Power of Story


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Baba Jamal Koram Telling Stories

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Baba Jamal Koram is a storyteller in the African American Griotic Traditions, he is a dedicated practitioner and teacher of the spoken word traditions and is a respected leader in the world of storytelling. Baba Jamal is a groundbreaking storyteller, educator, folk drummer and organizer. He is a past president of the National Association of Black Storytellers, Inc. and is a 2001 recipient of its prestigious Zora Neale Hurston award. Called a storyteller's storyteller, and a Griot's Griot he continues to travel across the nation sharing his stories and his presence with thousands of school children and their families. Baba Jamal holds the B.A., M.S. and Ed.S. degrees, and is married and the proud father of children, grand children, and godchildren.

This master storyteller uses his stories to inspire, encourage, and to uplift the positive growth of our children and in our communities.

He has said:

"My South Carolina great grandmother Mary would say to her grandchildren, - Bring me a cool glass of water, and I'll tell you a story. Then she would proceed to tell them one of those traditional African American Gullah stories, about Bruh Rabbit or one of the many folkloric characters... I follow in her storytelling footsteps. . .Call me if you have a cool glass of spring water."


Baba Jamal Koram Telling Stories
For More information on Baba Jamal Koram check out his website: http://www.babajamalkoram.com/

2 Comments

  • By Charles "Wsir"Johnson, January 17, 2011 @ 11:10 pm

    ….Thanks for interviewing what I consider my brother and storytelling mentor. When I mean mentor…I was introduce to Bro Jamal’s storytelling by storyteller Diane Williams. I felt an instant connection through how he crafted positive stories from yesterdays folktales for today’s listener…. He taught me what the importance of storytelling, drumming, singing and art is to the African Diaspora experience as well as the GLOBAL HUMAN experience……Wsir

  • By Verne Brown, November 15, 2013 @ 2:47 pm

    I love Baba Jamal Koram The Cornbread Man

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