"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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Griot
Growing Up
Witness

"I went home that first night, and I was like, 'What am I doing?'"

Tyrese Graham remembers his first day as a teacher at John Marshall Metropolitan High School in Chicago, IL.
Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
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Tyrese Graham remembers his first day as a teacher at John Marshall Metropolitan High School in Chicago, IL.
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Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Produced by
Anita Rao

Facilitated by
Naomi Greene

In Partnership with
New Teacher Project - Chicago

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Griot
Teachers
Work

"We were prepared for people to be unhappy, but we couldn't believe our eyes."

Karen Slade, Eric "Rico" Reed, and Arthur "Sonny" Williams of radio station KJLH remember the 1992 Los Angeles Riots.
Recorded in California, Los Angeles
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Karen Slade, Eric "Rico" Reed, and Arthur "Sonny" Williams of radio station KJLH remember the 1992 Los Angeles Riots.
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Recorded in Los Angeles, California
Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Kevin Oliver. Special thanks to Dr. Phylis Johnson

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Griot
Witness
Work

"My first question was, 'Do you have the right guy?'"

Iraq War veteran Richard Bennett (R) talks with Craig Williams (L) about how they became unlikely business partners.
Recorded in Norristown, Pennsylvania
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Iraq War veteran Richard Bennett (R) talks with Craig Williams (L) about how they became unlikely business partners.
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Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Mariel Gruszko

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Griot
Military
Work

"If just one of them gets through, they may save us all."

John Hunter talks with two former students about what they learned playing the World Peace Game, which he created.
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John Hunter talks with two former students about what they learned playing the World Peace Game, which he created.
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Produced by
Katie Simon and Brian Reed

Facilitated by
Matt Herman, Naomi Greene

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Griot
Growing Up
Teachers
Work

"At the time, I was tutoring at an after-school program..."

Ayodeji Ogunniyi remembers how the murder of his father led him to a new career.
Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
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Ayodeji Ogunniyi remembers how the murder of his father led him to a new career.
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Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Produced by
Brian Reed

Facilitated by
Naomi Greene

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Griot
Teachers
Work

"The students wouldn't speak to me..."

A.P. Tureaud Jr. (R) tells his friend Steven Walkley (L) about becoming the first African-American undergraduate at Louisiana State University in 1953.
Recorded in New York, New York City
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A.P. Tureaud Jr. (R) tells his friend Steven Walkley (L) about becoming the first African-American undergraduate at Louisiana State ...
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Helen Rubinstein

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Griot
Growing Up
Struggle