"Yes We Can" National Storytelling Event | KC Parks Programs

“Yes We Can” National Storytelling Event

Wednesday, July 20
2 – 3 p.m.
Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center & Museum, 3700 Blue Parkway
Featuring Sarah “Juba” Addison

Meet the “Yes We Can” women as they step out of the darkness into the light.  The “Yes We Can” performance highlights female African American Pioneers such as Cathy Williams, female Buffalo Solider, Harriet Powers, the best African American quilt maker in the South in the Civil War era, and Susie King Taylor, a black Army nurse.

The performance is appropriate for ALL ages.  Refreshments and snacks will be provided!


About Sarah “Juba” Addison

Juba learned the art of storytelling from her grandmother Sarah Jane, a descendant of West African Griots.  She is dedicated to performing, preserving and promoting traditional storytelling for people of all ages and cultures.  Juba entertains audiences of adults, families and children with her repertories of folklore, fables and fairy tales, plus historical and inspirational stories.  Juba encourages everyone to tell his or her story.  Everyone has a story and by telling/ sharing your stories, you form a bridge for others to cross and get to know you, your culture and most importantly your history.  Juba has performed at White Sands Monument, Fort Seldom, National Story League Convention, and Border Book Festival in New Mexico and Chamizal Festival in El Paso Texas.  Juba’s mission statement is: I share what I know so that others may grow.


  1. Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center