Gri ot (gree - oh)
a member of a hereditary caste among peoples of western Africa whose function is to keep an oral history of the tribe or village and to entertain with stories, poems, songs, dances, etc. A storyteller.
The curriculum used by the Young Griot Society was inspired by a course birthed at The George Washington University by English professor, Dr. David McAleavey. The course was adapted, broken down, and rebuilt for the needs of pre-collegiate youth in underserved communities. Whereas the original course is intended to serve and teach collegiate students with literary proficiency, this program is geared toward building literacy skills in those populations with historically low literary proficiency, yet high appreciation for creative writing.