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The Growing Griots Literacy Learning Program

The Growing Griots Literacy Learning Program, (GGLLP), started under the direction of Mr. S. Bunjo Butler, Master Storyteller and Manager of the Walbrook Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library with mentors from the Griots’ Circle. Currently Middle and High School students of the GGLLP participate in a 25 week program held at the Orleans Library from October through May. Students are taught skills in oral presentation, writing and research and perform in programs at various locations. At the end of successful completion of the programs students receive a certificate and are eligible to receive seventy-five (75) Learning Service Hours for graduation from various GGLLP Sponsors. Some students qualify for Summer employment with Enoch Pratt.


GGLLP Juneteenth
Virtual Celebration

The Freedom Tree: From Watch Night to Juneteenth

Premiers Sunday, June 20, 2021 at 3pm

Women History Month Virtual Celebration

Herstory: Black Women Who Speak Truth to Power

Streaming Live Saturday
April 4, 2021 4pm

Kwanzaa & Our Constant Struggle

A Virtual Celebration

Streaming Live Saturday December 26, 2020 2pm


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The Story Teller In You


by Growing Griot Girls

October 31, 2019 was “Literature Day” as we closed the seven weeks of Growing Griot Girls: The Storyteller In You. We ended with a video tape session for the retelling of the stories shared by Baba Bunjo Butler Dr. David Fakunle and Dr. Mama Deborah. The young ladies were wonder-filled and we thank the Empowerment Academy Charter School for allowing us to again share in the African Oral Tradition. The National Great Blacks In Wax program is in partnership with the Griots Circle of Maryland and was funded by the Baltimore Children & Youth Fund.



Growing Griot Girls

On Thursday March 28, 2019 we had the culminating program for STEAMing Up History: GROWING GRIOT GIRLS It was Shero-ology at its best. Thank you Empowerment Academy, Hartford Heights,, Wells Fargo, GGLLP, Dr. J, Dr. David Fakunle, Baba Bunjo Butler, Dr. Mama Deborah Pierce-Fakunle, You, You and You too. “Science, Medicine, Technology. Freedom Fighter, Teacher, Shero-ology. A Woman Black Like Me. A Woman Black Like Me".(c)

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