Awele Makeba

Storytelling Rituals that Nurture Our Humanity


Awele is the recipient of the Webster University Distinguished Alumni Award in 2021, the Chief Storytelling Officer for DEWEY, and she received the NBC All Star Teacher Award in 2019. She produces the OUSD, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Festival, which is featured in the HBO EMMY award-winning, 2020 documentary, We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical (Outstanding Children’s Program), and she is featured in Diversity, Inclusion, and Representation in Contemporary Dramaturgy: Case studies From the Field (Editor: Philippa Kelly, Routledge, 2020). She is featured on four award-winning CDs: Tell That Tale Again, This Land Is Your Land, The Undiscovered Explorer: Imagining York, and Trailblazers: African Americans in the California Gold Rush.