CULTURE BEARERS AND SCHOLARS

The following scholars, culture bearers and organizations offer on-going programs that present the history and significance of Congo Square to a range of audiences. Links to websites are provided for contact information and to help determine the formats and targeted audiences of their programs.

Ausettua Amor Amenkum, dancer (New Orleans, LA) - Kumbuka African Dance and Drum Company

Carol Bebelle, poet, filmmaker, songwriter (New Orleans, LA)

Mariama Curry, dancer, educator (New Orleans, LA)

Big Chief Dow Edwards, Mardi Gras Indian (New Orleans, LA)

Sula Janet Evans, priestess, instructor of African songs, (New Orleans, LA)

Big Chief Fi Yi Yi (Victor Harris), Mardi Gras Indian chief (New Orleans, LA)

Luther Gray, drummer (New Orleans, LA); Additional link

Fred Johnson, co-founder of Black Men of Labor Social Aid and Pleasure Club (New Orleans)

Kia Knight, dancer, educator (New Orleans, LA)

Monique Moss, dancer, educator (New Orleans, LA)

Tommye Myrick, producer, director, educator, (New Orleans, LA)

Cherice Harrison Nelson, Mardi Gras Indian queen, educator (New Orleans, LA)

Jamilah Muhammad Peters, dancer (New Orleans, LA)

Kalamu ya Salaam, writer, publisher (New Orleans, LA)

Bill Summers, musician (New Orleans, LA)

Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes, musician (New Orleans, LA)

Dr. Michael White, musician, historian, educator (New Orleans, LA)

Big Chief Shaka Zulu, Mardi Gras Indian chief, educator (New Orleans, LA)

Jerome Smith, activist, advocate, Social Aid and Pleasure Club (New Orleans, LA)

Francisco Mora Catlett, percussionist (New York, Cuban Culture)

Milteri Tucker Concepcion, dancer, choreographer, educator, author (Puerto Rico/New York); Additional link

Peniel Guerrier, dancer (Haiti/New York)

Dr. Kazadi wa Mukuna, ethnomusicologist, educator(Democratic Republic of the Congo/OH)

Wynton Marsalis, musician (New York/New Orleans, LA)

Alexey Marti, percussionist, composer, bandleader, educator (Cuba/New Orleans, LA)

Danys “La Mora” Perez, dancer (Cuba/New York); Additional link

Gloria Rolando, filmmaker and screenwriter (Havana, Cuba)

Papa Titos Sampa, dancer (Democratic Republic of the Congo/New Orleans, LA)

William Sabourin O’Reilly, film maker (Cuba/New Orleans, LA)

Dr. Ibrahima Seck, historian (Senegal/New Orleans, LA)

Dr. L. Rosanne Adderley, historian, educator (New Orleans, LA)

Dr. Jeroen DeWulf, historian (Belgium/ Berkeley, CA); Additional link

Freddi Williams Evans, independent scholar, educator, author (New Orleans, LA); Additional link

Dr. Joyce Marie Jackson, folklorist/ethnomusicologist, educator, administrator (Baton Rouge, LA);Additional link

Dr. Jessica Harris, food historian, educator (New York/New Orleans, LA)

Dr. Zada Johnson, anthropologist, educator (Chicago, IL)

Wynton Marsalis, musician (New York/New Orleans, LA)

Greer Goff Mendy/a>, dancer (New Orleans, LA)

Dr. Kara Olidge, educator, administrator (New Orleans, LA)

Zella Palmer, food historian (New Orleans, LA)

Dr. Angel Adams Parham, historian, sociologist, educator (New Orleans, LA)

Dr. Clyde Robertson, educator, administrator (New Orleans, LA)

Kalamu ya Salaam, writer, publisher (New Orleans, LA)

Dr. Matt Sakakeeny, ethnomusicologist, educator (New Orleans, LA)

Ned Sublette, historian and musician (New York)

Bill Summers, musician (New Orleans, LA)

Dr. Kim Vaz-Deville, baby doll, Mardi Gras Indian, educator

“Mystery in Motion: African-American Masking and Spirituality in Mardi Gras”

Dr. Bryan Wagner, historian, educator (Berkeley, CA)

Dr. Michael White, musician, historian, educator (New Orleans, LA)