I pray all is well. Our 2017 SANKOFA TOUR to GHANA/TOGO/BENIN is ready (see attached. Ten (10) seats have been reserved on South African Airways leaving Dulles Airport in Washington, DC on July 22 - August 4, 2017. Seats are still available. Deposit ($500.00) due by April 15, 2017. First come, first taken.
In the spirit of SANKOFA - reach back and fetch it - come with us to the MOTHERLAND. Please contact me with all you questions and concerns.
Thanking you in advance,
Rufus Tiefing Stevenson
Curator and Tour Guide
JAH KENTE INTERNATIONAL, INC. www.jahkente.org
Travel last year (2016) included Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan (East Africa) to visit the ancient land of Kush, the ancestral home of KARAKHAMUN - a 25th dynasty tomb I spent the summer (2011) with
Bro. Tony Browder excavating in Luxzor, Egypt located between the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens. See photos of visit on my Facebook page and gallery here Karakhamun Slideshow
Calling all Africans living outside of the continent of Africa in the Diaspora - the 6th Region. Listen to the zeitgeist, the zeitgeist. Can you hear the VOICES? Can you hear the VOICES OF AFRICA CALLING YOU?
Come with us on a SANKOFA visit to the MOTHERLAND “REACH BACK, FETCH AND RECLAIM”:
Professor Barksdale received the 2015 Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA)
National Leadership Award
Professor Barksdale received the 2015 Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) National Leadership Award at the 9th National Conference of African American Librarians, held August 4-8, 2015, St. Louis, Missouri. The Awardee must have made significant and extraordinary contributions in service to the library profession that has resulted in their recognition as a leader in the profession. The areas of leadership include scholarship, professional development, library education and professional activities on the local or national level. He also presented on a panel, "Diverse Books Need Us" at the 9th National Conference of African American Librarians.
THE THIRD INTERNATIONALCONFERENCE ON ETHIOPIA
November 4-12, 2015
and TOUR Nov 12-19, 2015
Why you should come with us to THE THIRD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ETHIOPIA, ITS BIBLICAL, HISTORICALAND CULTURAL ROOTS.
HERODOTUS "The Father of history" - Greek historian who lived in the
5th century BC ( 484-425 BC) used the name Ethiopia
for all the land South of Egypt including Sudan& Ethiopia. read more...
"I INDEED AM A GRIOT" Ideas, Comments & Discussions
I would like to share an entry from my journal dated Wednesday, February 25, 2015 with you: During Black History Month I was humbled to meet several Heinz Fellows, recent minority college graduates, who have returned to their communities to inspire our youth. Among one of these Heinz Fellows I would like to take note... read more..
Several Church venues have had the services of Mr Rufus T Stevenson to dress the sanctuaries with African Adornment/textiles for Black History month. See the sanctuary at Metropolitan AME, click here.
Isiah Dupree Photograph
On Monday, Dec. 31. the 150th anniversary of the celebration of “Freedom’s Eve” and the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation the following day, Rufus Tiefing Stevenson, noted Africanist and griot, will dramatize that memorable occasion at a Watch Meeting Night Worship Service at Metropolitan AME Church, 1518 M St. NW at 10:30 p.m. more (press release)..
Rufus Tiefing Stevenson '62 Takes Us Home
Stevenson is the founder, executive director and curator Jah Kente International, Inc. The mission of Jah Kente is to nurture and promote the cultural spirit of Africa in the Diaspora and support health and humanitarian programs in Africa. Representing JKI, Stevenson joined and worked with both Dr. Elena Pischikova and Tony Browder during the summer of 2011 in Luxor, Egypt, excavating the tomb of Karakhamun, a priest at the Temple of Kanark (Luxor, Egypt) dated to Dynasty 25c. 755BC), the last recorded time Egypt was under Ethiopian control.
IN SEARCH OF KARAKHAMUN (TT223),
The mission of JAH KENTE INTERNATIONAL, INC. is to nurture and promote the cultural spirit of Africa in the Diaspora and support health and humanitarian programs in Africa. Representing JKI, Rufus Tiefing Stevenson joined and worked with both Dr. Elena Pischikova and Tony Browder last summer (2011) in Luxor, Egypt excavating tomb of Karakhamun, a priest at the Temple of Kanark (Luxor, Egypt) dated to Dynasty 25c. 755BC), the last recorded time Egypt was under Ethiopia control.
Author, playwright, and Jah Kente International President Roland Barksdale-Hall celebrates the resilience of the Black Family from Slavery to Freedom in his play, “From Newnan to Motown and Back: A Tribute to Our Enslaved Ancestors ”. An Afrocentric production, framed around the Nguzo Saba Principles, provides the theoretical platform and construct to explore the healing journey of the Black Family. The play opens with Ma Hattie, who has 14 children born in slavery, facing the death of the slave master. She prays “Keep my family from being scattered to the four winds.” Here begins an epic journey in quasi-freedom, spanning four generations of motherwit, entrepreneurship, betrayal and more than 150 years of struggle to bring restoration and holistic health to the Black family.
The author’s exhaustive genealogical research of his Stevenson, Steverson, Kellogg family provided the source material for his latest artistic creative production. The rich colloquial text along with vital records, images of artifacts, both enslaved and slavemasters and primary documents, including from the 1849 Inventory and Appraisement of Slaveowner Moor Stephenson, Distribution of Chattel Property, 1852 receipt for hiring out (rental) of enslaved brothers Washington Kellogg and Wilson Steverson to the Inventory and Appraisement of Freedman Sam Steverson, is well researched. Fascinating newspaper clippings (e.g. “109-Year-Old Sharonite Born as Slave in Georgia” from the Youngstown (OH) Vindicator and “Newnan Has Slave Time Negro Claiming To Be 115 Years of Age” from The Newnan (GA) Times-Herald) respectively introduce centenarian enslaved brothers Wilson Stevenson and Dennis Stevenson. From Newnan to Motown and Back: A Tribute to Our Enslaved Ancestors Is a testament to the Black Family. The story culminates with a cathartic reunion of the descendants of Ma Hattie. Surely, the image from the burial grounds of libations being poured at the 1895 phallic tombstone much like an Egyptian pyramid of Ma Hattie with the inscription on the pedestal “OUR MOTHER” brings the story full circle. Makes you jump out of your seat and cheer! Download complete document, here
Redemption Ritual in Accra, Ghana
July 12, 2012
Ghana Tour -- Jah Kente International Presents "The Redemption Ritual: Inviting Ancestors to be Present" featuring the soul stirring Kim Poole Experience with special guest Rufus T. Stevenson. The venue is The W.E.B. DuBois Center, Accra, Ghana. Click image below to download a full-sized flyer:
Rufus Tiefing Stevenson
Church Decorations Update
March 21, 2012
I thank all of you for all your input to help nurture and promote the cultural spirit of Africa.
I wish to share with you the recent news from Nineteenth Street Baptist Church, one of the three church sanctuaries I dressed in the Washington, DC area. On the internet, please go to the church website at: www.everyblessing.org. See my church sanctuary dress on homepage. In addition, on homepage at top right SEARCH, type in THE EPISTLE and see church news letter dated March 2012. Move to third page and see again my church sanctuary display.
January 19, 2012
JAH KENTE INTERNATIONAL, INC.
MAKES STRIDES TO HELP
MALI IN THE NEW YEAR
Member of Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Raises Funds for The Sibiry Doumbia Community Memorial Health Center in Mali and Hosts Annual Summer Tour to Ghana
WASHINGTON, DC-- Jah Kente International, Inc. (JKI), a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization, is raising funds for the The Sibiry Doumbia Community Memorial Health Center located in the village of Koungodjan, Mali in West Africa.
In 2004, Lassine Doumbia, Jr. opened The Sibiry Doumbia Community Memorial Health Center. The health center was named after Lassine's father, Doumbia Senior, who died of preventable complications when timely medical services were inaccessible to the village of Koungodjan. This dire need for medical care sparked Lassine's interest in building the facility shortly after his fathers' death. (For more information, download press release)
Jah Kente International experienced Sankofa when curator Rufus Tiefing Stevenson joined the ASA Restoration Project's excavation of the tomb of KARAKHAMUN in Luxor, Egypt. The tomb found in the South Asasif necropolis is located along a mountain range between the Valley of the Kings and Queens on the West Bank of the Nile River. Karakhamun is recorded as First Priest of Amun at the Temple of Karnak during the 25th Dynasty when Ethiopia ruled Egypt (Kemet). Photo gallery, here, more info, here or more details please visit http://www.asarestorationproject.com/ . Buy the book Finding Karakhamun.
We are just getting underway our promotion of the 2012 Ghana Tour. More information is coming and please download our flyer, here (Ghana Tour 2012).
You may also be interested in our 2009/2010 Ghana Tour archives: We were fortunate to have had the same tour guide as President Barack Obama and his family had just a week earlier in 2009.. [ Read more,... | download article,... | view gallery... ]
October 8, 2011
THE CULTURAL MINISTRY OF
RUFUS TIEFING STEVENSON
Must read article regarding our founder: THE CULTURAL MINISTRY OF RUFUS TIEFING STEVENSON, an article about his service from 19th Street Baptist Church by Gloria Spann, download, here ».
October 7, 2011
Children's Literary Festival
At the Ujamaa Collective's first annual Children's Literary Festival in Pittsburgh our own Roland Barksdale (CEO - Jah Kente Int'l) Under African Skies. Here is a link to an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11254/1173869-53.stm. The photo of authors below (l-r) are Sharon Flake, Roland Barksdale-Hall, Elizabeth Howard, and Kelly Starling-Lyons at the Festival.
August 25, 2011
The art of Adornment
Two new exhibits are now available for visitors to the Jah Kente website. Both have focused art on the same topic of "adornment" but the difference is in the wearable art of fashion and the other is in the art of church decoration using textiles from the continent of Africa. Let us know what you think:
Metropolitan AME Church sanctuary dress - July 17, 2011 honoring four (4) US Ambassadors - The Sanctuary Dress
Transformation through Textiles - August 20, 2011. Reginald F. Lew Museum of Maryland African American History & Cultural. See it here - The Art of Adornment
A Shoutout from Rufus Stevenson: Inviting the Ancestors to Be Present
"A Shoutout from Rufus Stevenson: Inviting the Ancestors to Be Present" is an article by Roland Barksdale-Hall in the Spring 2011 Amistad, the literary magazine of Howard University, pp. 54-55.. You can visit http://issuu.com/shakeemasmalls/docs/amistad1 to view the publication.
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June 10, 2011
PDK FOUNDATION FUNDRAISER:
CELEBRATING THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE PEACE CORPS
Saturday, June 25, 2011
You are invited to a Phi Delta Kappa Foundation Fundraiser, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps at my studio/home. This event supports both PDK's Foundation annual drive and Jah-Kente International, Inc.-a 50 I c3, since 2000 and member of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) since 2007. There will be two sessions of vending and sharing: II :30 AM and
4:30 PM [Download more information..].
3807 New Hampshire Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20011 / Georgia AvenuelPetworth Line Green Line
April 18, 2011
Planning for the 50th Peace Corps
Anniversary in DC, September 22 – 25
"Sierra Leone II," a group of sixty men and women, trained together at SUNY, New Paltz, in the summer of 1962, in preparation for Peace Corps service in West Africa. Most trainees were newly-minted liberal arts graduates, drawn from all over the U.S. Despite the fact that few of us had prior teaching experience--or even teacher training--we had been selected to fill teaching slots at secondary schools in Sierra Leone--a country many of us had never heard of prior to receiving our invitation to training. Our project was part of an audacious attempt to help education in Africa leap ahead by preparing African students to attend college and then fill the teaching ranks themselves in vastly-expanded school systems. Walter Carrington was our Project Director, and Mike McCone the Assistant Director, from 1962-63; Don McClure directed the program for the second year of our service. [ Read complete article.. ]
Perhaps you’ve seen the refined African textiles that grace our church each year during Black History Month. Perhaps you have wondered who this person is who has graced our sanctuary with such rich and colorful décor. For this we give gratitude to Rufus T. Stevenson. [ Read complete article ]
Jan. 13, 2011
An Evening of Harlem Renaissance Poetry
300 South High Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
For Reservations Telephone: 410-752-4515 www.germanostrattoria.com
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Washington, DC, January 13, 2011 — Germano's presents An Evening of Harlem Renaissance Poetry performed by Rufus Tiéfing Stevenson and Sarah Margaret Jespersen, Sunday, February 27, 2011, at 7:00 PM. [ Read more,... | download Flyer,... ]
Nov. 23, 2010
2009 and 2010 Educational Tours to
Ghana, West Africa, a Success
Thanks to the excellent work of CROSS CULTURAL STUDIES AND TOURS, both our 2009 and 2010 Ghana Tours were great successes. We were blessed to have had no illnesses nor accidents. Both tours included the historic city of Accra (Capital City) and Cape Coast (site of historic slave castles and dungeons). We were fortunate to have had the same tour guide as President Barack Obama and his family had just a week earlier in 2009.. [ Read more,... | download article,... | view gallery... ]
Oct. 23, 2010 - Salon Tiéfing featuring a classic collection (anthology) of African American poems from the Harlem Renaissance tracing the history of the African American from pre-captivity to the present by Countee Cullen, Langston Hughes, Robert Hayden, Richard Wright,
Margaret Walker, Sterling Brown and James Weldon Johnson... Read by Rufus T. Stevenson, Founder & CEO to benefit The African Project.
Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010 - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Donation: Free Will
Venue: Salon Tiéfing (Rufus T. Stevenson)
3807 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20011
Contact: 202-829-5922 or firstname.lastname@example.org
April 4, 11,18 and 25, 2010 (Salon Tiefing) Sarah Margaret Jespersen reads from her new published book of poems "Dedication de l'amour
May 8, 2010 (Salon Tiefing) Jah Kente International's President, Roland Barksdale-Hall lectures on slave genealogy [ download flyer ] .. new
May 15, 22 and 29, 2010 (Salon Tiefing) "Redemption Ritual: Inviting The Ancestors To Be Present" - classic African American poems from the Harlem Renaissance read by Sarah Margaret Jespersen and Rufus Tiefing Stevenson [ download flyer ] .. new
Saturday, July 10, 2010 - REDEMPTION RITUAL: INVITING THE ANCESTORS TO BE PRESENT
A Reading by Rufus T. Stevenson to benefit The African Project [ download flyer ] .. new
JAH KENTE INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT WILL LAUNCH UNDER AFRICAN SKIES
Storytelling Cultural Health Project Reaches Our Youth
Washington, DC, January 16, 2010 — Under African Skies will be the first children's picture book in the series “Stories by Brother Barksdale” published under the Nefu Books imprint of Africana Homestead Legacy Publishers, Inc. of Cherry Hill, New Jersey. [ read more online, download ]
"Tracing Your Roots Family Reunion Seminar" -- Genealogist Roland Barksdale-Hall will share from his book on March 14, 2009 ( more )
On behalf of Jah Kente International, Inc.'s Board of Directors, I would like to announce that our organization is a new member of the 2009 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). The organization's code is 43710. The CFC allows federal employees to make payroll contributions to 501 (c) 3 non-profit organizations listed in the official 2007 CFC catalogue. I invite you to contribute to Jah Kente International, Inc. in 2009 and I thank you in advance. Again, our CFC code is 43710. [ download 2009 flyer ]
Rufus Tiefing Stevenson,
Executive Vice President
Jah Kente International, Inc.
2007 Educational Tour to Ghana, West Africa a Success
The mission of Jah Kente International, Inc. (JKI) is first to nurture and promote the cultural spirit of Africa in the Diaspora and second, to support health and humanitarian programs in Africa . Our 2007 educational tour to Ghana , West Africa accomplished this first objective [ read more ]
Visit to Sibiry Doumbia Community
Memorial Health Center -- Medical Supplies Hand Delivered
Supporting health and humanitarian programs in Africa is an objective of JIK. The Sibiry Doumbia Community Memorial Health Center is the organization’s first African project. It is located in the Republic of Mali , West Africa - one of the poorest countries in the world with a literacy rate of 17% and, one of the highest infant mortality rates in Africa [ read more ]
Jah Kente CFC Membership Flyer
Jah Kente International, Inc. (JKI) is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. This status was granted by the United States Internal Revenue (IRS) on March 8, 2000 . Your financial contribution in support of our mission is a tax exempt gift. [ read more ]
Curator, Rufus Tiefing Stevenson named Master Artist by The Links, Incorporated
THE LINKS, INCORPORATED named former U.S. Diplomat/Africanist and Curator, Rufus Tiefing Stevenson Master Artist in two arts categories (visual and performing)during their 2007 Community Service Project (CSP-07) at the Marriott Crystal Gateway Hotel in Arlington, Virginia on April 18, 2007. The one day event was entitled “Enrichment, Enhancement, Exposure & Excellent in the Arts.” [ read more ]