MACS graduate will be inaugurated as the 14th president of the National Association of Black Storytellers
Queen Nur (2013) will be inaugurated as the 14th president of the National Association of Black Storytellers (NABS) at the 32nd annual festival and conference in Chicago this November. Karen “Queen Nur” Abdul-Malik is a nationally renowned storyteller and teaching artist who works in the tradition of the griot, a West African historian, storyteller, singer, poet, and/ or musician.
Cultural Sustainability was the perfect fit for Queen Nur, since the role of the griot is as a barer of tradition. Queen combines the storytelling of the African and African American traditions in performances that bring folktales, fables, and fairytales to life; teach students about Kwanzaa and black history; and celebrate multicultural diversity and respecting people as they are. In her performances, she’s accompanied by Dwight James, an international jazz drummer. At Goucher, Queen Nur explored what the role of storytelling was in cultural sustainability and examined four community-based models for her thesis.
The National Association of Black Storytellers was conceived by Mary Carter Smith of Baltimore and Linda Gross of Philadelphia in 1982 to give more opportunities for African American storytellers and keep alive the rich heritage of the African oral tradition.
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