The Griot Initiative documents the varied voices of people with roots in the African Diaspora living in the United States.
Stories from the Griot Initiative
“It was like driving an automobile at a hundred miles an hour and running into a stone wall.”
Alton Yates tells his daughter, Toni, about being part of a small group of Air Force volunteers who tested the ...
“I was just another black face in the streets.”
Alex Landau, who is African American, and his adoptive mother, Patsy Hathaway, who is white, talk about how Alex's race ...
“Someone was shooting in our direction...”
Aja David and her younger sister, Kai Leigh Harriott, remember the night Kai was hit by a stray bullet and ...
“Everyone wanted to be like Mike, but you were my Michael Jordan.”
Dekalb Walcott III talks to his dad, retired Chicago Fire Chief Dekalb Walcott Jr., about following in his line of ...
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About the Griot Initiative
StoryCorps Griot is an initiative to ensure that the voices, experiences, and life stories of African Americans will be preserved and presented with dignity.
A Griot (pronounced gree-oh) is a storyteller, a position of honor in West African tradition, who hands down family and community history from one generation to the next.
All interviews recorded as part of the Griot Initiative will be archived at the Smithsonianâs National Museum of African American History & Culture in addition to the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
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