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
“My basketball teammates were my first babysitters.”
Today, StoryCorps remembers Wil Smith, who recorded a conversation with his daughter, Olivia, about being a single dad in college. ...
“It was like Picasso, a great artist doing his work. When he was in that car, he was doing his work.”
Frank Scott remembers his father, Wendell Scott, who will become the first African American driver in the NASCAR Hall of ...
“How hard was it for you to find a job?”
Darlene Lewis, who helps former inmates find employment, interviews James Taylor about his life after prison.
“We lovethat's how we roll.”
Raphael and Heidi Hameed (R) lost their son when he was struck by a speeding car. They spoke with MegiddÃ«...
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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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