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Mama K Day
September 24, 2022

Kariamu Welsh, D. Arts was a mother, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, mentor, and colleague to many. Whether one’s connection to her was via family, academia, dance classes or performances, or her written works, her impact on dance and African dance scholarship extends the world over. In the New York Times obituary article, one of her many students was quoted saying, “Dr. Welsh changed the landscape of how we think about African dance by showing that what we do with our bodies is worthy of investigation.”


Mama K Day was created to commemorate Mama Kariamu’s global reach, and bring awareness to her legacy. Sponsored by NAAADT, this will be an annual event held on the nearest Saturday to Mama Kariamu’s birthday, September 22. 

How Can You Participate?

The mission of the National Association of American African Dance Teachers is to heighten the quality of contemporary, neo-traditional, and Diasporan African dance teaching in North America through teacher training, performance opportunities, professional development, and certification in the Umfundalai contemporary African dance technique for aspiring African dance educators. NAAADT is an IRS 501c3 nonprofit charitable organization, and as such, all donations are 100% tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Your contribution is greatly appreciated.

DONORS, a copy of the National Association American African Dance Teachers current financial statement is available by writing NAAADT, PO Box 2629, Waldorf, MD 20601 or by calling (301) 818-4026. Documents and information submitted under the Maryland Solicitations Act are also available, for the cost of postage and copies, from the Maryland Secretary of State, State House, Annapolis MD 21401, (410) 974-5534.

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