Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Share & Preserve Our Stories Through StoryCorps

My girl Kiplyn let me know about this great opportunity to share and preserve the important stories of our lives. If you're not familiar with StoryCorps, then you're missing out. These touching audio vignettes airing on public radio are real stories told by real people about someone who has had a profound impact on their lives.

StoryCorps' mission "is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives. Since 2003, over 50,000 people have shared life stories with family and friends through StoryCorps. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, and millions listen to our broadcasts on public radio and the web."

Kiplyn has interviewed her mom and dad and will interview her aunt in a few weeks. If you have lost a loved one whose life you'd like to document, gather a friend, sibling or family member to share their story via the interview. In Atlanta, they are especially interested in African American voices recording at the StoryCorps booth throughout the summer at the WABE studios.

But there are booths located throughout the country to tell the stories of diverse groups of people. If you cannot sign up on the site, please use the stand-by feature--this is the way Kiplyn obtained an appointment to interview her mom.

You will receive a digital copy of the interview. As well as being housed at the Library of Congress, the recordings will be preserved at the Smithsonian Museum of African American History.

I'm encouraging my family to participate. Please consider documenting your family history through this program, as well.

Here some links to a few of the stories.

Judge Olly Neal and his daughter Karama

“I spotted this book that looked rather risqué...”

Judge Olly Neal tells his daughter, Karama, how he discovered African American author Frank Yerby while cutting class and hiding out in the school library.

Recorded in partnership with the Federation of Genealogical Societies in Little Rock, AR.

Hear this story

Sharon Holley and her husband Kenneth

“I had a real extensive comic book collection.”

Sharon Holley, a retired librarian, tells her husband, Kenneth, about preparing for her career at an early age. Holley operated Harambee Books and Crafts, a community black bookstore, for 29 years in Buffalo, NY.

Recorded in partnership with WBFO in Buffalo, NY.

Hear this story

Please call, visit sign up to share your story: StoryCorps or WABE.

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