Carmen and George N'Namdi founded the Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse of Detroit (NTSD) as a private school in 1978 to honor the memory of their fourteen-month-old daughter, Nataki Talibah N'Namdi, who died in 1974. The names Nataki and Talibah are from central Africa. Nataki (Nah-TAH-kee) means of high birth and Talibah (Tah-LEE-bah) means seeker after knowledge. Thus the school's name is both an important tribute as well as an expression of aspiration. In 1995, the Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse of Detroit was chartered as a public school under Central Michigan University. After 35 years of hard work, the NTSD continues to uplift students from diverse backgrounds and help them identify the varying roles each of us must play to make the world a better place for everyone.
The Nataki Way: 35th Anniversary of the Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse of Detroit is free with museum admission.