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
“I draw my strength from you.”
For our 10th anniversary, we're revisiting some favorite stories. At 27, Wil Smith's age wasn't the only thing that set him ...
“We walked everyday from sunup to sunset.”
Lawrence Cumberbatch (R) tells his son, Simeon (L), how he traveled from New York City to Washington DC with Brooklyn ...
“You moved into the hospital with me.”
Ondelee Perteet talks to his mother, Deetreena, about getting shot when he was 14 years old.
“Why do you care so much for a stranger?”
Adrian Hawkins talks to his foster father, Horace Atwater Jr.
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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.
Director, National Museum of African American History and Culture
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