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2009 Festival Video - Giving Voice

Joni L. Jones, Professor of Performance Studies, Writer, Storyteller

Joni L. Jones (Olorisa Omi Osun Olomo) of Austin, Texas, performs a narrative in honor of a storyteller who hadRead More


Introduction to the 2009 Giving Voice Program

John Franklin of Smithsonian NMAAHC speaks about Giving Voice: The Power of Words in African American Culture. 


Ella Jenkins, Folkway’s Children’s Artist

Smithsonian Folkways Childrens’ artist performs for families. 


Christylez Bacon, Grammy-nominated Musician Puts a New Twist on Go-Go

Christylez Bacon puts a new twist on Go-Go music, merging those sounds with the “Human Beatbox.” 


Storyteller Victoria Burnett, a Lesson in BBC (Black Baptist Church) 101

Storyteller, Victoria Burnett, gives a lesson in BBC (Black Baptist Church) 101. 


Storyteller and Comedian Phyllis Stickney, on her Grandmother

Storyteller and comedian, Phyllis Stickney, shares how her grandmother “Big Momma,” influenced her childhood and storytelling. 


Writer, Director, Actor Roger Guenveur Smith Perfoms as Frederick Douglass

Writer, director and actor, Roger Guenveur Smith, performs as the great American abolitionist, orator, and statesman Frederick Douglass. 


Asante Children’s Theater, “Martin Luther King Jr. in a Hip-Hop World”

Many alumni of the Asante Children’s Theater continue with the Asante Touring Company. Here, they perform a piece from, “MartinRead More


Giving Voice Program Curator James A. Robinson

See performances that took place on the National Mall and go behind the scenes with curator James A. Robinson asRead More