"You told me you were so tired that you had fallen asleep at a red light."

Sonia Vasquez and her daughter, Tina Vasquez, talk about what it was like to grow up broke in the 1990s.
Recorded in New York, New York City
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Sonia Vasquez and her daughter, Tina Vasquez, talk about what it was like to grow up broke in the 1990s.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher Morris

Facilitated by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Themes
Family
Friendship
Griot
Growing Up
Historias
Struggle

"It was like driving an automobile at a hundred miles an hour and running into a stone wall."

Alton Yates tells his daughter, Toni, about being part of a small group of Air Force volunteers who tested the effects of high speeds on the body, and helped prove that space travel was safe for humans.
Recorded in Florida, Jacksonville
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Alton Yates tells his daughter, Toni, about being part of a small group of Air Force volunteers who tested the ...
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Recorded in Jacksonville, Florida
Produced by
Michael Garofalo and Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
Jeremy Helton

Themes
Family
Griot
Growing Up
Military
Work

"I was just another black face in the streets."

Alex Landau, who is African American, and his adoptive mother, Patsy Hathaway, who is white, talk about how Alex's race has influenced his life and what happened in 2009 when he was beaten by Denver Police after a traffic stop.
Recorded in Aurora, Colorado
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Alex Landau, who is African American, and his adoptive mother, Patsy Hathaway, who is white, talk about how Alex's race ...
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Recorded in Aurora, Colorado
Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
Daniel Sitts

Themes
Family
Griot
Identity

"Someone was shooting in our direction..."

Aja David and her younger sister, Kai Leigh Harriott, remember the night Kai was hit by a stray bullet and paralyzed from the chest down. They spoke with their mother Tonya David.
Recorded in Providence, Rhode Island
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Aja David and her younger sister, Kai Leigh Harriott, remember the night Kai was hit by a stray bullet and ...
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Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher Morris

Facilitated by
Christina Stanton

Themes
Family
Griot
Struggle

"Everyone wanted to be like Mike, but you were my Michael Jordan."

Dekalb Walcott III talks to his dad, retired Chicago Fire Chief Dekalb Walcott Jr., about following in his line of work.
Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
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Dekalb Walcott III talks to his dad, retired Chicago Fire Chief Dekalb Walcott Jr., about following in his line of ...
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Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher Morris

Facilitated by
Andre Perez and Alicia Williams

Themes
Family
Griot
Growing Up
Work

"I'm not so sure the Civil Rights Act would have been passed had there not been a St. Augustine"

J.T. Johnson and Al Lingo remember having acid thrown on them after jumping into a whites only swimming pool in St. Augustine, Florida in June of 1964.
Recorded in Atlanta, Georgia
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J.T. Johnson and Al Lingo remember having acid thrown on them after jumping into a whites only swimming pool ...
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Recorded in Atlanta, Georgia
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher Morris

Facilitated by
Stephanie Burton, Amanda Plumb and John White

Themes
Griot
Identity
Legacy
Struggle
Witness

"You remember the first dinner together?"

Yelitza Castro talks with her friend Willie Davis about serving meals to the homeless community in Charlotte, North Carolina for the past three years.
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Yelitza Castro talks with her friend Willie Davis about serving meals to the homeless community in Charlotte, North Carolina for ...
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Produced by
Anita Rao

Facilitated by
Yasmina Guerda

Themes
Griot
Historias

"I saw something that no one else could see, and that is me walking around with that big tall hat on."

Clayton Sherrod looks back to 1964, when at 19 years old he became executive chef at an all-white country club in Birmingham, Alabama.
Recorded in Alabama, Birmingham
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Clayton Sherrod looks back to 1964, when at 19 years old he became executive chef at an all-white country club in Birmingham, ...
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Recorded in Birmingham, Alabama
Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Stephanie Burton

In Partnership with
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and The Birmingham African American Genealogy Study Group

Themes
Griot
Work

"If you need me to hold your hand, I'm there."

New York City Subway Conductor Paquita Williams talks to one of her passengers, Laura Lane, about her job.
Recorded in New York, New York City
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New York City Subway Conductor Paquita Williams talks to one of her passengers, Laura Lane, about her job.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
John White

Themes
Griot
Work

"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 CORE for the March on Washington in 1963.
Recorded in New York, New York City
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Lawrence Cumberbatch (R) tells his son, Simeon (L), how he traveled from New York City to Washington DC with Brooklyn ...
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Katie Simon with Eve Claxton

Facilitated by
Michael Garofalo

Themes
Griot
Witness

"Why do you care so much for a stranger?"

Adrian Hawkins talks to his foster father, Horace Atwater Jr.
Recorded in Atlanta, Georgia
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Adrian Hawkins talks to his foster father, Horace Atwater Jr.
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Recorded in Atlanta, Georgia
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Katrina Singh

In Partnership with
Casey Family Programs

Themes
Griot
Growing Up

"When I was growing up, the emphasis was on being able to get a job."

Herman Blake and his brother Sidney remember their childhood during the 1940s.
Recorded in New York, New York City
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Herman Blake and his brother Sidney remember their childhood during the 1940s.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Katie Simon with Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Griot
Growing Up

"What was the hardest part about me being gone?"

Rowena Gore-Simmons speaks with her daughter, Kenya Gore, about the year Rowena spent in prison.
Recorded in Baltimore, Maryland
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Rowena Gore-Simmons speaks with her daughter, Kenya Gore, about the year Rowena spent in prison.
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Recorded in Baltimore, Maryland
Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Matt Herman

Themes
Griot
Growing Up

"Have you ever felt you wanted to quit?"

South Carolina Congressman James Clyburn talks with his granddaughter Sydney Reed about his career in politics.
Recorded in Columbia, South Carolina
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South Carolina Congressman James Clyburn talks with his granddaughter Sydney Reed about his career in politics.
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Produced by
Anita Rao

Facilitated by
Alexandria Wright

Themes
Griot
Struggle
Wisdom
Work

"Evander and I had a dog named Lassie ... "

Bernard Holyfield (R) tells his friend Charles Barlow (L) about a painful memory from his childhood in the 1960s.
Recorded in Atlanta, Georgia
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Bernard Holyfield (R) tells his friend Charles Barlow (L) about a painful memory from his childhood in the 1960s.
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Recorded in Atlanta, Georgia
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Elaine Davenport

In Partnership with
Auburn Avenue Research Library

Themes
Griot
Growing Up
Struggle

"I remember many months with no lights."

Reginald Mason remembers growing up in Harlem with his mother during the 1970s.
Recorded in New York, New York City
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Reginald Mason remembers growing up in Harlem with his mother during the 1970s.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Jalylah Burrell

Themes
Griot
Growing Up
Work

"So I get a call from a local funeral home..."

Reverend Eric Williams tells his co-worker Jannette Berkley-Patton about his first experience with AIDS.
Recorded in Kansas City, Missouri
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Reverend Eric Williams tells his co-worker Jannette Berkley-Patton about his first experience with AIDS.
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Recorded in Kansas City, Missouri
Produced by
Katie Simon with Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Lizz Straight

Themes
Griot
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
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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

"My basketball teammates were my first babysitters."

Wil Smith tells his daughter, Olivia, about being a single dad in college.
Recorded in Massachusetts, Sheffield
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Wil Smith tells his daughter, Olivia, about being a single dad in college.
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Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Themes
Griot
Growing Up
Struggle

"I remember a private swim club..."

Robert Holmes talks about his family being among the first to integrate a neighborhood in Edison, New Jersey.
Recorded in New Jersey, Newark
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Robert Holmes talks about his family being among the first to integrate a neighborhood in Edison, New Jersey.
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Recorded in Newark, New Jersey
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Nzingha Garner

Themes
Griot
Growing Up
Witness