Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens

 

 

21st Century Griot 

 

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A griot, a historian and teacher, has many functions to perform for her community, especially in the 21st century.  I descend from a line of New World griots and my practice is rooted in the West African and Gullah/Geechie traditions of gathering and telling our stories. More importantly, I live by the code "a griot remembers."