The Wichita Griots Storytelling Institute are celebrating their 20th year as an organization with an extra special storytelling event on Fri., March 15, from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. at the Advanced Learning Library, 711 W. 2nd St., Wichita.

It’s going to be “The biggest Griot Show since opening night of the National Association of Black Storytellers Conference in November 2017,” promotes the Griots in their flyer.

If they achieve that goal, this event will be very special indeed.

In addition to performances by at least a dozen talented local storytellers and the Griot Watoto Dancers, the event will include recognition of Griots Emeritus, plus presentation of three additional awards for literacy, education and empowerment.

However one of the biggest treats will be a special storytelling performance by Oba William King. Recognized as one of the most exciting storytellers in the nation, combining both professional theatrical training with a distinct poetic style.

Since his debut with the National Association of Black Storytellers at the San Diego conference in 2006, Oba has ignited audiences with his ability to capture their attention and gently release them into the playful realm of rhythm and rhyme.

The event is presented in partnership with the Wichita Arts Council, the Kansas Department of Commerce, The City of Wichita, Westar Energy, State Farm Insurance and the Wichita Public Library.

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