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Our Mission

The Blackstorytelling League of Rochester, N.Y.Inc. was formally adopted on December 4, 1994 to represent our resolve to advance appreciation of the art of storytelling and how it serves to enhance the well-being of African American people and bring delight and joy to others. We keep this history alive by working in our communities, schools, cultural centers, libraries and other learning venues, and by presenting an annual festival. Blackstorytelling League has as its major objectives the actualization of the Nguzo Saba that builds on several key values that we interpret, including:

  • function as a catalyst to facilitate the study of African foundations in the arts, sciences, and of the histories and cultures out of which we originate.
  • foster Blackstorytelling among children, youth and families; and stimulate them to review and invest in their African heritage as they look at their own special, discrete experiences.
  • organize and sponsor festivals, workshops, and other forums for public consumption.
  • provide a forum whereby appreciators of Blackstorytelling can continue their education in the unique, essential art form that makes up the tradition.


The Blackstorytelling League of Rochester is an affiliate of the National Association of Black Storytellers

Our Programs

African and American American Stories for schools, churches, community centers, special occasions

Solo and Ensemble telling