Brother Blue Circle of Elders

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if you are not here to change the world
if you just want to get rich
you can laugh all the way to the bank
                 me
i'm better off here in the street
with my honor
with  my sacred calling
      - Brother Blue The Portrait Series 

NABS Circle of Elders was conceptualized by our ancestor, Hugh "Brother Blue" Morgan.  Brother Blue is an icon.  He was an internationally renown storyteller who is deemed the "Father of American Storytelling."  His storytelling was transformative from streets, to prisons, to enclaves at the United Nations.  Dr. Hugh "Brother Blue" Morgan was a professor of philosophy and pastor at Harvard Divinity School.  He was the endearing spouse of Dr. Ruth Hill.  You can often hear storytellers use the term "blueism,"  to identify a Brother Blue teaching, expression, or way of life.   The Circle of elders was initiated in 1997 to recognize the contributions and honor the presence of Elders in the Storytelling Community.  In 2013, NABS re-named the perennial presentation the Brother Blue Circle of Elders Award.  

 

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      AWARDEES

1997

David Anderson, PhD

1998

Alma Greer
Onawumi Jean Moss 
Anita Timbers (ancestor)
Thelma Shelton Robinson

2001

Elaine Ford Gregory
Thelma Shelton Robinson

 2002

Amy Davis Jackson

2003

Carol Sayers Puryear (ancestor)
Fellisco Keeling

2004

Johnny Bellamy
Genevieve Bellamy

2005

Velma Gladney
Vanora Franklin Legaux

2006

Mattie Clark (ancestor)

2007

Eleanor Randall Anderson
Andrea Fain
June McAbee
Deacon Alfred Mitchell
Kathryn L. Morgan (ancestor)
Joan Stevenson 

2008

Dr. Joyce Duncun
Gwendolyn Hilary
Gloria Kellon
Gomez W. Payne (ancestor)
Thelma T. Ruffin Thomas

 2010

Ernestine Brown
Barbara Freeman Eady
Adella Gautier
Baba Jamal Koram
Mildred P. Stennis
Nothando Zulu
Vusumuzi Zulu 

2011

Yvonne Harris
Victoria Smith
Eleanora Tate

2012

Mama Edie Armstrong
Charlie Brown
Kucha Brownlee
Kooki Davis
Lyn Ford
Akbar Imhotep
James McAbee
Edna Ruff
Yawa Tupra

2013

Sharon Jordan Holley
Oluremi Ann Oliver
Tejumola Ologboni
Caroliese Frink Reed

2014

Ruth Brown Anderson
Sylvia Brown
Deborah Pierce-Fakunle
Linda Gorham
Eslyn Hinmon
Gwen Marable

2015

Alice Butler Collins
Esther Culver
Clarence Mollock
Eunice White

2016

Karima Amin 
Jackkia Boyd
Jennie Crittendon
Rosa Ashby Metoyer