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Sankofa Stories feature tales from the African Diaspora. These enchanting and entertaining stories told by Master Storyteller Shirley Johnson, are inspiring, captivating and educational. The variety and abundance of these stories, make them suitable for all types of occasions.

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Shirley Johnson, storyteller of African-American and multicultural tales, captivates her audiences with highly energized and creative presentations.

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  • A longtime teacher, Shirley Johnson shares stories that introduce children and adults to new characters and allows them to explore new lands. Johnson, who tells tales about African and African-Americans, is a favorite at festivals and literary workshops throughout New Jersey and New York City.
    - Star-Ledger
  • "A quick note to tell you that all day yesterday and already this morning, students and staff have come up to me to tell me how much they enjoyed the performance - everyone wanting to know how I found you - saying how much the music added to the storytelling and how much the musical instruments given to the students added to everything as well! It was great and I was so pleased. Thank you again!!"
    - Miriam Jacobs, Teacher of Disperse Dye Printing, Tutor, Judaic Artist
  • Thank you for helping to make our Book Fair and Anniversary Celebration a huge success. We're still singing 'AA Anansi" and I know the children loved your storytelling.
    - Cheryl, Wade, and Katura Hudson