Juneteenth with Baba the Storyteller

Click here to watch a video of the Service. Learn about the history and significance of this holiday to the African American community and beyond. Discover the traditions of this annual celebration through storytelling, music, and song.

Rev. Baba the Storyteller has been a professional speaker since 1994 and is one of the few recognized U.S. born practitioners of the ancient West African storytelling craft known as Jaliyaa. He has received numerous awards over the years for his work as a folklorist, traditional harpist, storyteller, community activist and volunteer. He is a recipient of a California State Assembly Certificate of Recognition for his creative uses of storytelling and his commitment to community in working with troubled teens. The City of Long Beach recognized Baba as their municipality’s Artist of the Year, an award presented to him by the Mayor. He has earned commendations from both the U.S. Senate and U.S. Congress. In 2017, Baba was presented with the prestigious Heritage Award by the Aquarium of the Pacific during their Annual African-American Heritage Month Celebrations.