I believe in the power of voice. That it is in telling our stories, in giving voice to that which seems small and that which seems enormous and everything in between, that we begin to claim ourselves.
From a recent speech I gave at the Environmental Protection Agency in Research Triangle Park in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month
One of my favorite segments on NPR when I am driving in to Charlotte to teach on Friday mornings is when they play an interview from StoryCorps. I love the conversation that I get to witness between two people, two people who know each other in some way, coming together over a story, a moment, a memory. Stories: they are the fillament that connect us all. They have changed my lfie. They are my life. So, what is StoryCorps?
From the StoryCorps web-site:
StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit project whose mission is to honor and celebrate one another’s lives through listening.
By recording the stories of our lives with the people we care about, we experience our history, hopes, and humanity. Since 2003, tens of thousands of everyday people have interviewed family and friends through StoryCorps. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to take home and share, and is archived for generations to come at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, creating a growing portrait of who we really are as Americans.
A friend just let me know that StoryCrops has now launched StoryCorps Historias.
From their email announcement:
On September 1 we launched StoryCorps Historias, a groundbreaking new initiative celebrating the lives, stories, and accomplishments of Latinos across the United States and Puerto Rico. Historias, which means “story” in Spanish, will capture and celebrate the diversity of Latinos and Latino culture. We’ve already recorded stories in New York and Puerto Rico, and we’re looking forward to recording many more! In the first year of Historias, we hope to welcome more than 2,000 new StoryCorps Alumni as part of this initiative by recording interviews through partnerships with local radio stations, cultural institutions, and community-based organizations.