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
“What a gun does, it talks to you.”
Pastor David Ned tells his friend Darius Clark Monroe about carrying a gun for protection while living in Baton Rouge, ...
“After all these years, this is the first time we've sat down and actually talked about the bombing.”
Willie Watson talks to his son, PJ Allen, one of only six children at the day care center in the ...
“It kinda threw me for a whammy.”
Deidra Robinson sits down with her father, William Watford the Third, to recall what happened when she came out to ...
“What was going through your head when you first saw me?”
Nine-year-old Aidan Sykes interviews his father, Albert Sykes, about being a dad.
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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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