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Connecting Liberian Youths to Their Cultural Heritage in Preparation for the DATI Kukatonon Peace Project Launch in Liberia
Today, November 10, 2019 is a significant day in the history of Dehkontee Artists Theatre, Inc. (DATI). The DATI Montserrado Chapter youths paid a courtesy call on elders residing in Barnesville Kebbah to consult with and request the blessings of the elders in their county. This tradition is deeply rooted in our cultural belief that one must always consult the elders as a sign of respect, before he undertakes any important task or project.
In this way, not only does one get the consent of the living, but one may also get the approval of the spirits of his ancestors. The DATI Montserrado Chapter youths did just that so that their formal launch of the DATI Kukatonon Peace Project in Liberia will be successful on Saturday, November 16th . READ MORE
DATI Kukatonon Peace Project in Liberia Gains Momentum: Patriotic Liberians Support Peace Process
The Dehkontee Artists Theatre, Inc. (DATI) has launched a fund drive to raise One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000) to purchase two used twenty-four-seater buses and provide logistical supports (per diems, lodging, food) for fifty Liberian youth Peace Advocates to go on a peace performance tour in Liberia. Funds generated will also be used to train more Liberian youths to actively engage in peacebuilding in Liberia. You may donate to the DATI Kukatonon Peace Project Fund in the following ways:
1. Log on DATI’s website: https://www.dehkonteeartiststheatreinc.com and click on the “Donate” button to make your tax-deductible donation because DATI is a 501 ©(3) nonprofit African-centered educational and cultural organization.
2. You can also donate through DATI’s Wellsfargo Checking Account # 3931972677; Routing Number: 055003201; Wire Transfer # 121000148.
3. You may mail out your donation and make check or money order payable to: Dehkontee Artists Theatre, Inc. (DATI), P. O. Box 143, Clifton Heights, PA 19018. READ MORE
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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.
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