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Living History

 Corey and LaQuita Marie Staten, the Dynamic Duo, are the co-founders of Atumpan
Edutainment, Inc. (AE)-- a 501c3 nonprofit arts education organization.  As a playwright, Corey “the Talented Blind Guy” Staten has not had the benefit of sight since 1994, however, the combination of his writing skills, LaQuita Marie’s directing skills, and the Dance Theater members’ performance skills, productions at universities and museums are as educationally impactful as their full stage-play

 Corey and LaQuita Marie Staten

Living History

 Based in Hampton, VA ., Shelia is the CEO and Lead Performer of History’s Alive! Her major focus is performing, managing & marketing this flourishing business. Through History’s Alive! Sheila has given over 600 presentations for schools, churches, professional organizations and museums, in 26 states. Shelia contracts with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation to present Historic Character Interpretations and teach teachers at their Summer Teachers Institute.

Shelia Arnold


Deanna MaRae King has worked as a reserve tasting specialist in California as well as Chrysails Vineyards in Middleburg VA. Using that experience and her love for wine, farm-to-table cuisine and history she developed her own concept. Fruits & Roots Wine Tours is a day long excursion full of fun, wine, shopping  and lessons about the contributions of women and people of color to the founding of America. Read more and take a tour.

Fruits & Roots Wine Tours

Living History

A gifted storyteller, playwright and producer, Valerie uses her talents to teach values and promote awareness of lesser known historical events and people. Of late, "From Tragedy to Triumph; The Martha
Ann Fields Story" has been presented at schools, churches & museums throughout Richmond & Hampton Roads. Valerie also uses her Storytelling to teach morals through African folktales. She has written several One Woman Shows focusing on Domestic Violence and Historical women of courage. Giving a voice the the likes of Martha Ann Fields, Coretta Scott King and Nanny Prosser, wife of Gabriel Prosser, who led the slave rebellion in Richmond in 1800.
Valerie also holds workshops to teach the Art of Storytelling. Her Work is dedicated to her Mother
Margaret A. Davis aka Queen Margaret .

Valerie Davis


 The Howard Baugh Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. (HBC-TAI) in Petersburg, VA is named for Petersburg native, decorated WWII Fighter Pilot, and Original Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Howard Baugh (1920-2008). HBC-TAI is one of (56) nationwide chapters of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., an organization with the mission of preserving the legacy of the first and only all African American WWII Fighter Group known as the“Tuskegee Airmen”. Nicknamed the “Red Tails”, these American heroes went on to register one of the finest service records in military aviation history....and helped change our nation!

 The Howard Baugh Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.

Living History

 The mission of Atumpan Edutainment is to provide affordable and accessible opportunities for artsist' development of onstage and behind the scenes talents through arts education, professional performances, special projects and community events. Atumpan' PVC methodology, along with the Multiple Intelligences model, and Classical Theatre integration, provides a framework of communication for audiences in corporate settings, conferences, and professional development. Participants of Atumpan African Dance classes often transition into ACT Dance Theatre Company with professional dance opportunities, travel & stpends.


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Alfreada Brown-Kelly is a professor of sociology and criminal justice and an author who lives in Hampton, VA. She teaches sociology, criminology, urban problems, social problems, juvenile delinquency, race and ethnicity and emergency preparedness and security management. Alfreda is the author of six books; 3 collections of poetry and 2 anthologies - "Why Women Weep" and "Men Cry Too!"

Alfreda Brown-Kelly


DID YOU KNOW - That much of what is now Arlington National Cemetary used to be Freedom Village?  The Black Heritage Museum of Arlington celebrates the African American Journey to Freedom, providing a focal point exhibit on Arlington’s Freedman’s Village and contributions made by its residents and their descendants to local and national history. Objectives:
• Provide educational programs regarding the African American Journey to Freedom and the history of Freedman’s Village and its impact on the local community and the nation.
• Hold exhibitions, speaker series and develop Educational Television & Radio programming.

Arlington Black Heritage Museum


Atumpan Edutainment, Inc. (AE)-- a 501c3 nonprofit arts education organization. AE (1998-Present) is the premier performing arts ensemble of the Mid-Atlantic Region featuring world music, folklore, and dance. As members of Alternate Roots, an Arts and Activism organization, the artistic team of AE is inclusive of all cultures, ethnicities, genders, and
preferences in their creative expression. AE has been commissioned to create works by the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Tryon Palace History Museum (New Bern, NC), Portsmouth Museum Systems as well as the Bronze Kingdom art gallery in

Atumpan Edutainment


Project 1619  is a 501 c3 non-profiit organization founded in 1994 to promote Hampton's rich African American history and the landing of the first enslaved Africans brought to English occupied North America. The organization is composed of promenant  Hampton local, regional and national leaders.  Read more about our organization and join us.

Project 1619 Inc.

Calvin Pearson 


Martha McClenny Williams is the author of the book "WPA Original Gardeners" based on her historical research of the untold story of the African American Women who built Norfolk's Botanical Gardens with pick and shovel.  Martha is a retired Assoc Prof . from Hampton University and is  Available for Lectures and Book Signings.

Martha McClenny Williams

Media Professional

Leonard E. Colvin is the Cheif Reporter for The New Journal & Guide. Based here in Hampton Roads the NJG has been publishing since 1900 and is one of the oldest black owner and operated newspapers in the country.  Mr Colvin routinely writes and does interviews on a wide range of topics including the African African history of this community

Leonard E. Colvin


The African American Historical Society of Portsmouth (AAHSP) 
meets at 10:00 am every third Saturday of the month in the Portsmouth Colored Community Library Museum at 904 Elm Ave.
Portsmouth, VA 

African Americam Historical Society of Portsmouth

Academic Scholar

Latif Tarif is a native of Portsmouth, Virgnia. He earned a doctorial of phiosophy from Howard University in African Diaspora History. He is a published author and has published peer reviewed ariticles and book reviews. Dr. Latif  teaches at Elizabeth City State University.  

Dr. Latif Tarik

Academic Scholar

During his 43 year teaching career Sadiq Ali has established two educational institutions in the Hartford Connecticut Public School System; The Benjamin E. Mays Institute (all male middle school) & Capital Prep Magnet School. Currently Ali has created a pedagogical initiative titled "Conscious Transformation" a rite of passage to ecourage the development of young black males .

Sadiq Ali

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Living History

Nathan M. Richardson is a founding member of ANAHP and the Web Master. Additionally he captures completely the physical and spiritual essecence of the grea t Frederick Douglass

The Frederick Douglass Speaking Tour

Living History

Sheri Bailey is founding member of ANAHP.  She is a playwright and stage performer who's primary historical focus is the history of Juneteenth. She operated the Juneteenth Fesitval Company.

Juneteenth Festival Company

Living History

Hugh Harrell is a founding member of ANAHP.  He and his wife Anita are Co-founders of The Weyanoke Association which promotes research & the sharing of, Black (African and American African) & Red (Native American or Indian) history & culture.

Weyanoke Association

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