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
“We loveâthat's how we roll.”
Raphael and Heidi Hameed (R) lost their son when he was struck by a speeding car. They spoke with MegiddÃ«...
“You can hear the shopping cart coming down the sidewalk.”
Herman Travis speaks with his neighbor Robert Cochran about delivering food to elderly and disabled residents of his housing complex.
“In high school when I first started wearing make-up, my family didn't notice.”
Kiyan Williams (R) talks with friend Darnell Moore (L) about growing up queer in Newark, New Jersey during the 1990s.
“I remember going to REI and looking at tents that will hold a family of five.”
Franklin Gilliard and his wife, Sherry, reflect upon their time in a homeless shelter after the economic crash of 2008.Â
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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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