"I had a pretty severe accident at work..."

Jack Richmond tells his daughter, Reagan, about being an amputee.
Recorded in Knoxville, Tennessee
Jack Richmond tells his daughter, Reagan, about being an amputee.
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Recorded in Knoxville, Tennessee
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Jorge Rios

In Partnership with
Amputee Coalition of America

Themes
Identity
Struggle
Work

"All I wanted to do was get revenge."

Charlie Morris (L) remembers his brother's death in 1939, with his cousin Sylvester Lewis (R).
Recorded in Memphis, Tennessee
Charlie Morris (L) remembers his brother's death in 1939, with his cousin Sylvester Lewis (R).
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Recorded in Memphis, Tennessee
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Steven Thrasher

Themes
Griot
Witness

"The school buses were already lined up to take the kids home."

Kenneth Honeycutt tells his wife Gaye about witnessing the New London School Explosion of 1937.
Recorded in Knoxville, Tennessee
Kenneth Honeycutt tells his wife Gaye about witnessing the New London School Explosion of 1937.
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Recorded in Knoxville, Tennessee
Produced by
Nadia Reiman and Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Lily Sullivan

Themes
Growing Up
Struggle
Witness

"You don't have to be dirty to be poor."

94-year-old Mary Van Beke tells her son, Charles, about growing up in the 1920s.
Recorded in Knoxville, Tennessee
94-year-old Mary Van Beke tells her son, Charles, about growing up in the 1920s.
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Recorded in Knoxville, Tennessee
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Jorge Rios

Themes
Growing Up
Struggle
Work

"School was out for two weeks and all the telephone lines were down."

Dr. Jim Fleming tells his daughter, Janetta, about being trapped indoors by the Great Ice Storm of 1951.
Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee
Dr. Jim Fleming tells his daughter, Janetta, about being trapped indoors by the Great Ice Storm of 1951.
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Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee
Produced by
Vanara Taing

Facilitated by
Cindy Murphy

Themes
Growing Up

"I just tried to stay in the background..."

Joe Buford tells his literacy tutor, Michelle Miller, about what it was like not knowing how to read.
Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee
Joe Buford tells his literacy tutor, Michelle Miller, about what it was like not knowing how to read.
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Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee
Produced by
Lizzie Jacobs

Facilitated by
Kate Wingate

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Griot
Struggle

"We wanted to be treated as men."

Elmore Nickelberry and Taylor Rogers remember why they went on strike as Memphis sanitation workers in 1968.
Recorded in Memphis, Tennessee
Elmore Nickelberry and Taylor Rogers remember why they went on strike as Memphis sanitation workers in 1968.
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Recorded in Memphis, Tennessee
Produced by
Michael Garofalo, Selly Thiam

Facilitated by
Steven Thrasher and Nick Yulman

Themes
Griot
Struggle
Witness
Work

"He really talked that night."

Retired Memphis sanitation worker Taylor Rogers and his wife, Bessie, remember Martin Luther King Jr.'s final speech.
Recorded in Memphis, Tennessee
Retired Memphis sanitation worker Taylor Rogers and his wife, Bessie, remember Martin Luther King Jr.'s final speech.
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Recorded in Memphis, Tennessee
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Nick Yulman

Themes
Griot
Struggle
Witness

"I couldn't understand why all the black men had signs that said 'I AM A MAN.'"

Reverend George Turks, Jr. remembers witnessing the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers' Strike as a teenager. Click here to see a photo from the strike.
Recorded in Memphis, Tennessee
Reverend George Turks, Jr. remembers witnessing the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers' Strike as a teenager. Click here to see a photo ...
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Recorded in Memphis, Tennessee
Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Brianna Hyneman

Themes
Griot
Struggle
Witness

"A policeman was coming down the street..."

Ella Owens (L) tells her daughter, Lynn Reed, about participating in a march during the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers' Strike.
Recorded in Memphis, Tennessee
Ella Owens (L) tells her daughter, Lynn Reed, about participating in a march during the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers' Strike.
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Recorded in Memphis, Tennessee
Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Steven Thrasher

Themes
Griot
Struggle
Witness

"When Dr. King was assassinated, I was on the air."

Herb Kneeland (L) tells his son Martavius Jones about being a disc jockey at WDIA in Memphis on April 4, 1968.
Recorded in Memphis, Tennessee
Herb Kneeland (L) tells his son Martavius Jones about being a disc jockey at WDIA in Memphis on April 4, 1968.
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Recorded in Memphis, Tennessee
Produced by
Katie Simon, Selly Thiam

Facilitated by
Steven Thrasher

Themes
Griot
Struggle
Witness
Work

"The bulletin came across the TV..."

Kathy Dean Evans remembers the night Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.
Recorded in Memphis, Tennessee
Kathy Dean Evans remembers the night Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.
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Recorded in Memphis, Tennessee
Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Steven Thrasher

Themes
Griot
Struggle
Witness

"Why are you not still married?"

10-year-old Rahsheed McKenstry interviews his mother, Rhonetta.
Recorded in Memphis, Tennessee
10-year-old Rahsheed McKenstry interviews his mother, Rhonetta.
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Recorded in Memphis, Tennessee
Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Sarah Geis

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Griot
Growing Up

"You wouldn't give me the time of day..."

Joe Hunter, who was Ray Charles' road manager, and his wife, Trudy, a back-up singer, remember falling in love.
Recorded in Memphis, Tennessee
Joe Hunter, who was Ray Charles' road manager, and his wife, Trudy, a back-up singer, remember falling in love.
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Recorded in Memphis, Tennessee
Produced by
Selly Thiam

Facilitated by
Steven Thrasher

Themes
Griot
Romance

"We'd known death but not like this."

Hector Black remembers the murder of his daughter, Patricia Nuckles, by an intruder in her home.
Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee
Hector Black remembers the murder of his daughter, Patricia Nuckles, by an intruder in her home.
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Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Katie Simon

Themes
Discovery
Staff Picks
Struggle