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St. Cloud Welcomes Storyteller Queen Nur for Black History Month

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Karen Abdul-Malik, better known to appreciative audiences as "Queen Nur," enraptured students at St. Cloud Elementary School on Feb. 22 with her captivating storytelling program, "Sweet Potato Pie and Such." The visit was part of St. Cloud's month of Black History celebrations.


The program features Queen Nur and her ability to connect students to the oral history of African and African Americans through her tales, props, and audience participation. She has traveled to 38 states and overseas to share her talents and tales, helping people understand the value of their tradition.


Students were fully engaged in Queen Nor's tale of a sweet potato that just refused to come out of the ground and how it took a community to finally pull it out. Laughter filled the gym as students participated in the storytelling and listened intently.


As Queen Nur's website noted, "Sweet Potato Pie and such was a flavorful seasoning of tales from the African and African American Oral Tradition that will ground you in tradition, butter you up with joy, and delightfully sweeten your mind."


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See a short video below.



Queen Nur

Queen Nur.

Queen Nur

 St. Cloud students participate with Queen Nur.

Cynthia Cumming
Feb. 25, 2019