I had the great pleasure of spending a couple of hours with 25 energetic and determined young professionals from various countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The topic was Folklore as Communication. We engaged in dialogue around the varied definitions of folklore but the highlight was the creation of their own Origin stories. There was music, dance, call and response, testimony, pain and laughter. Thank you Department of African Studies for hosting the Mandela Washington Fellows in the Civic Leadership Institute. I received much more than I gave.