On October 18, 2010, Atlanta StoryCorps staff as well as radio station WABE (90.1) President & CEO Milton Clipper and COO John Weatherford, were proud recipients of a Proclamation initiated by Councilman Hall. During the brief ceremony, Mr. Clipper spoke highly of the work that StoryCorps Atlanta has accomplished during its first year and of the strong partnership between the two organizations. StoryCorps Atlanta Site Supervisor, Amanda Plumb, talked about the many community partners cultivated over the past year and our outreach work with homeless and refugee populations, African Americans, Latinos, members of the LGBTQ community and seniors. With all that, however, she also focused on the work yet to do and the communities yet to be reached, and encouraged the Council Members to invite their constituents to tell their stories.
Before Councilman Kwanza Hall formally acknowledged StoryCorps Atlanta’s one-year anniversary with the proclamation from Atlanta City Council, he had a StoryCorps conversation with his mother, Evelyn Cloyd Hall, in the Atlanta booth. Mrs. Hall, who at first was hesitant about participating, enjoyed the distraction-free conversation with her son.
During their forty-minute conversation, Mrs. Hall spoke passionately about her (and her family’s) commitment to civil and humans rights long before her son was born. In fact, she shared with her son stories about work she had done with award-winning singer, recording artist and actor Paul Robeson, who was blacklisted in the late 1940s because of his civil rights and social justice work on behalf of African Americans. Mrs. Hall also spoke about how she met Councilman Hall’s father, Leon Hall, soon after the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Mr. Hall had worked with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s (SCLC) “Operation Bread Basket.” Undoubtedly, it is Councilman Hall’s family legacy of activism that makes him an effective Councilman and that helps him understand the importance of telling one’s story.
We are grateful to have found such a wonderful home in Atlanta and at WABE 90.1! We’ve recorded more than 750 stories from across Atlanta and the southeast and we have many, many more to go.