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The mission of ASE is to promote the art form of Black storytelling!

ASE (ah - SHAY), is a term from the Yoruba people of Nigeria, West Africa. ASE affirms, as we express our spiritual devotion, that there is power in our words; not just the words we speak, but the words and feelings we express in our stories.


Loving the idea of the National Black Storytellers’ Festival and Conference being in Chicago, but you can’t attend the whole thing? There are so many ways to participate.

  • Rhythm Talkin'    ASE's pre-festival event featuring jazz, blues, ragtime, spoken word, African drumming & more!
  • Scholars' Panel
  • African American Heritage Tour
  • Family Day -- Saturday (Includes Youth Concert, Youth Liars' Contest, Adult Liars' Contest) Zora Neale Hurston Concert and Awards for Excellence in Storytelling
  • Circle of Elders Concert and Awards
  • Evening concerts -- Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights
  • Friday night dance parTAY!    Bring your line dancing shoes! Show your Steppin' stuff!

Check www.nabsinc.org for details and registration information.

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