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Vera Oyé Yaa-Anna, affectionately known as Auntie Oyé, is a Liberian-born acclaimed master storyteller who transports her audience to West Africa through interactive storytelling. She is the Founder/Executive Director of Oyé Palaver Hut, a nearly 30-year-old established cultural arts organization located in Washington DC, that integrates storytelling performances with the culinary arts to focus on physical and emotional wellness.
Vera's organization has year-round in-school, and after-school programs, along with summer camp cultural arts education workshops for ages 5 to 16. Her unique programming has been designed to nurture joy, create excitement, and to be catalist for creative, physical, social-emotional, and intellectual development.
She tours nationally and internationally presenting her dynamic programs that include high-energy African dance and the traditional djembe drums. This energetic cultural educator’s performances are designed to celebrate diversity. She is a four-time DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities Fellowship Program recipient.
Black women deliver wins year after year for the Democratic party while they continue to keep us bankrupt. With our country growing more hateful and more restrictive to our needs, our political leaders appear nonexistent. It's time to realize hope and change and the dream one great man had will no longer sustain us. We must be and demand the change we want to see. Join us each week as we work together to do a few things:
1. Develop a political platform that serve us first and the people whose job it is to serve us, second.
2. Discuss our needs, our true needs, and develop a concrete plan to express those who propose to lead us
3. Develop an action plan to present our need to Washington and like it happen.
Look, those other people have, and for some time, governmental racists, institutionalized racism, militia groups and legal societies working on their behalf for centuries while we build our families and this country. The ones who SHOULD have a plot, never will because we love this place too much. Today we must realize no one here is out there loving us, even some of our own. So, we must do like an ancestor did when they realized freedom for the first time, get together, find each other and each one teach one.