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Festival in African griot tradition shows Baltimore's black children 'another way'

Festival in African griot tradition shows Baltimore's black children 'another way'

In African culture, one of the griot’s roles is to remember stories and pass them along to future generations.

But Bunjo Butler worries that those messages have been lost in black American culture — so he’s devoted to growing new griots.

He was among a group of authors, educators and performers who gathered in Druid Hill Park on Sunday to renew the griot tradition. The fourth annual African Griot Book Festival for Children aimed to connect children with history and culture that they don’t often learn about in school or see in the media — and empower them with a better sense of who they are, said Butler, director of the Growing Griots Literacy Learning Program.

“A lot...

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