19 May 2008

StoryCorps Griot Special - Airs June 16

StoryCorps Griot records the voices, experiences and life stories of African Americans.

The Griot Initiative is inspired by the role of the griot in West African culture. The griot (pronounced gree-oh) is a role of honor, designating someone who maintains community traditions and memory through storytelling, music, and dance.

The StoryCorps Griot mobile recording booth will make stops of up to six weeks in nine locations across the country, partnering with radio stations, historically black colleges and universities, and other cultural institutions.

The StoryCorps Griot Initiative will place a special emphasis on the stories of World War II veterans and men and women involved in the Civil Rights struggle.

This Special program features 10 stories from African Americans, recorded as part of the StoryCorps project. StoryCorps is a national project to instruct and inspire everyday people to record one another's stories in sound.

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