Education and entertainment through cultural awareness!

To educate and entertain the public on African arts and culture through Afrocentric and ideological literacy, and via visual, audio, and performing arts

DATI To become the leading authentic African educational and cultural organization in the United States of America, Liberia, on the entire continent of Africa, and around the globe

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The word “Dehkontee” is a Kwa expression that means, “There is time for everything” in several Kwa languages of Liberia and La Cote D’Ivoire, such as: Krahn, Kru, Grebo, Bassa, Gbi, Deiweion, and Sapo. DATI was founded in 1977 at the University of Liberia during the college days of its founder and Executive Director, Dr. Joseph Tomoonh-Garlodeyh Gbaba, Sr. Other founding members of DATI include but are not limited to: Joshua Howard (first President of DATI), Mona Bedell (Treasurer), Kathy Lokko (Secretary), Henrique Zobon Scott, Stephen J. Crayton, Jr., Nathaniel Sieh Doe, Alicia Murray, Josephine Ross, William N. Ross, III, Guyde Melvin Smith, Claude E. Langley (Business Manager), Raymond Kromah, Sondia Tubman, Christian Fenning (aka Fumbah), D. Eugene Wilson, Francis Wilson, Mohammed S. Sheriff, Herbert Elliott, Blidi Elliott, Nyemah Elliott, Calvin Harris, Joseph Butler, Comfort Innis, Sweetie Martin, Josephine Gibson, Jestina Gibson, Isaac Collins, Jr., Timotheus Weeks and many others.

Dehkontee Artists Theatre Celebrated Its 41st Anniversary

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5801 Kingsessing Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19143

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 143, Clifton Heights,
PA 19018

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