Another community organization that StoryCorps Griot has reached out to is the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History (AARL), which offers specialized reference and archival collections for the study of African cultures. The library has been an exemplary partner, hosting at least one StoryCorps field recording a week, filling every interview slot for those days, and even helping fill interview slots in the GriotBooth, which is parked down the street at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site.
Kerrie Cotten Williams (pictured above left), Archivist at AARL, and Marie Cowser (above right), Community Programs Director for the Historic District Development Corporation, have been the powerhouses behind it all. To date, they have arranged over 20 StoryCorps Griot interviews with participants from the library’s staff and membership, and from the community at large. Both have stepped in to act as interviewer on several occasions. Kerrie interviewed Marie about her activism to preserve the Old Fourth Ward where Marie lives and where both the MLK site and AARL are located. All of us at StoryCorps are grateful for Kerrie, Marie, and AARL’s support of the Griot Initiative in Atlanta.