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StoryCorps Griot

The StoryCorps Griot Project was a year-long initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to gather and preserve the life stories of African American families.

The StoryCorps Griot Initiative will help ensure that the voices, experiences and life stories of African Americans will be preserved and presented with dignity. It also builds bonds between citizens and broadcast media by celebrating our shared humanity and collective identity.

StoryCorps Griot builds on the success of StoryCorps, created in 2003 by award-winning radio documentary producer and MacArthur Fellow Dave Isay. For the Griot Initiative, a StoryCorps MobileBooth — a mobile recording studio — made stops of up to six weeks in: Atlanta; Newark; Detroit; Chicago; Oakland; Clarksdale, MS; Memphis; Selma and Montgomery. Griot partnered with local public radio stations, historically black colleges and universities and other cultural institutions and membership organizations to record and distribute the stories of African American families.

The stories will be archived for future generations at the American Folklife Center (AFC) at the Library of Congress and at NMAAHC.

Listen to these recordings at the StoryCorps website.