What We Do
Founded in 1993 and incorporated in the District of Columbia in 1998, Jah Kente International (JKI) is a 501 © 3 not-for-profit organization dedicated with a twofold mission to nurture and promote the cultural spirit of Africa in the Diaspora and support educational, health and humanitarian programs in Africa. Through its community outreach events, exhibitions, travel, theatrical presentations and genealogical research, JKI draws its inspiration from the hard work of African people. After his Peace Corps Volunteer work and diplomatic mission in Africa and Europe, the Extraordinary Curator Afro-American Rufus Tiefing Stevenson has made an effort to bring back a portion of Africa and has organized himself as a Cultural Evangelist to expose others to African History, culture, art, textiles and life of the African continent.
JKI plans and carry productions of Theatrical Performances, Dance and Performing Art, Music and Cultural events. It also makes exposition of Artifacts and also promote and strengthen the cultural spirit of Africa in the Diaspora and provides grants to educational health and humanitarian programs in Africa and other vulnerable locations around the world.