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  • Lessons Learned

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    No one succeeds alone. After the difficult experience of helping integrate a Tennessee high school in 1964, Dr. William Lynn Weaver succeeded in spite of some teachers and because of others, in particular one whose largest contribution took decades to be revealed.

    Directed by: Richard O'Connor
    Executive Producer: Dave Isay
    Producers: Rachel Hartman & Shelley Gorelik
    Audio Produced by: Jud Esty-Kendall
    Supervising Sound Recordist: John White
    Animation by: Ace & Son Moving Picture Co., LLC
    Animator: Morgan Miller & Taisiya Zaretskaya
    Original Music: Joshua Abrams
    Music Performed by: Joshua Abrams, Hamid Drake, Marquis Hill, Emmett Kelly & Adam Thornburg
    Music Mixed by: Joshua Abrams & Neil Strauch
    Special Thanks: Dr. William Lynn Weaver

    In Partnership with
    American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress
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  • Voices, Experiences, and Life Stories of African Americans Play all

    StoryCorps Griot works to preserve and present with dignity the African American experience.
    • The Temple of Knowledge - Duration: 2 minutes, 48 seconds.

      • 4 months ago
      • 56,931 views
      Ronald Clark’s father was custodian of a branch of the New York Public Library at a time when caretakers, along with their families, lived in the buildings. With his daughter, Jamilah, Ronald remem...
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    • Driven - Duration: 2 minutes, 49 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 197,482 views
      Wendell Scott was the first African American inducted in the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Throughout the 1960s and 70s, he poured his heart, soul, and all of his earnings into maintaining his own race car....
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    • A More Perfect Union - Duration: 2 minutes, 52 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 415,155 views
      When Theresa Burroughs came of voting age, she was ready to cast her ballot—but she had a long fight ahead of her. During the Jim Crow era, the board of registrars at Alabama's Hale County Courthou...
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    • Eyes on the Stars - Duration: 3 minutes, 17 seconds.

      • 5 years ago
      • 843,096 views
      On January 28, 1986, NASA Challenger mission STS-51-L ended in tragedy when the shuttle exploded 73 seconds after takeoff.  On board was physicist Ronald E. McNair, who was the second African Ameri...
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    • Traffic Stop - Duration: 3 minutes, 19 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 512,154 views
      Alex Landau, an African American man, was raised by his adoptive white parents to believe that skin color didn’t matter. But when Alex was pulled over by Denver police officers one night in 2009, h...
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    • Miss Devine - Duration: 3 minutes, 40 seconds.

      • 6 years ago
      • 1,459,655 views
      Cousins James Ransom and Cherie Johnson recall their fearsome Sunday school teacher, Miss Lizzie Devine, the only woman who had more power than their grandmother. Set in the small Florida town of ...
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    • Me & You - Duration: 2 minutes, 58 seconds.

      • 4 years ago
      • 398,070 views
      On May 25, 1971, Jackie Miller and her husband brought home their son, Scott, whom they adopted. 37 years later, Scott brought his mother to StoryCorps, where they shared a conversation about Jacki...
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    • A Family Man - Duration: 3 minutes, 16 seconds.

      • 6 years ago
      • 942,383 views
      In 1955, John L. Black, Sr. started his job as a janitor for the Cincinnati public school system. He regularly put in 16-hour days to provide for his wife and eleven children. At StoryCorps, his s...
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    • Silvia's Legacy - Duration: 2 minutes, 29 seconds.

      • 3 months ago
      • 36,355 views
      Ellaraino experienced a common teenage reaction when she learned she’d have to leave Los Angeles to spend the summer in Louisiana with her great-grandmother, Silvia. Less common was Ellaraino’s rea...
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    Behind-the-scenes videos and more. Learn about our mission to record, capture, and preserve the voices of people of all backgrounds.
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  • Military Voices: Stories of Veterans, Service Members and Military Families Play all

    An platform to honor their voices, amplify their experiences, and let them know that we — as a nation — are listening.
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  • When we listen | StoryCorps x YouTube Play all

    Can sharing meaningful stories make a difference in the world? Presenting a new series from StoryCorps in collaboration with YouTube, exploring what happens “When we listen."
    • Unpacking identity | When we listen - Duration: 2 minutes, 13 seconds.

      • 5 months ago
      • 1,550 views
      Siimba hears Larissa’s experience of being a multiracial woman raised by a white, single mother.

      This is from “When we listen,” a series of videos created by StoryCorps in collaboration with YouTu...
    • A son’s quest to reunite his family | When we listen - Duration: 2 minutes, 21 seconds.

      • 5 months ago
      • 1,640 views
      Rob hears about Karim’s experience of finally sharing his achievements with his father, and his struggles to bring him back to the U.S. from Egypt.

      To see more stories from Karim, visit his channe...
    • All you need is a huppah | When we listen - Duration: 3 minutes, 18 seconds.

      • 6 months ago
      • 660 views
      Kimberly talks with her friend Deena about how Deena’s impromptu wedding came together.

      To see more stories from Kimberly, visit her channel,
      https://www.youtube.com/user/kimclarkqueen

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    • Coming-out chronicles | When we listen - Duration: 2 minutes, 37 seconds.

      • 6 months ago
      • 1,034 views
      Gabriel and David track how their seven-year age difference meant that they had very different experiences coming out as gay when they were young.

      To see more stories from David, visit his channel...
    • Real talk between siblings | When we listen - Duration: 2 minutes, 52 seconds.

      • 6 months ago
      • 880 views
      Essie and her brother Edem talk about perceptions of blackness and incidents of colorism they’ve witnessed, in addition to affirming their bonds as friends.

      To see more stories from Essie, visit h...
    • How and when is identity shaped? | When we listen - Duration: 2 minutes, 35 seconds.

      • 6 months ago
      • 1,498 views
      Mitch and his friend Yazan talk about the shifting nature of identity, one of many deep conversations they’ve shared (except this time, StoryCorps and YouTube were there to record).

      This is from “...
    • Finally being his true self | When we listen - Duration: 2 minutes, 39 seconds.

      • 6 months ago
      • 898 views
      “I feel like my entire life I was in uniform.” Ken describes for his friend Nicola the ways he felt inhibited from expressing his sexuality until he moved to the U.S.

      To see more stories from Nico...
    • My mother, my hero | When we listen - Duration: 2 minutes, 59 seconds.

      • 6 months ago
      • 1,976 views
      When Leah was young, her mother enlisted in the military to be able to support her daughters. This set off a chain of events that Leah describes for her friend Monica: one that showed Leah the reac...
    • “Who was your mom?” | When we listen - Duration: 3 minutes, 30 seconds.

      • 6 months ago
      • 3,705 views
      With humor and affection, siblings Zoe and James talk about losing their mother at young ages and the support they find in one another.

      To see more stories from Zoe, visit her channel, https://ww...
    • Inspired to take a stand | When we listen - Duration: 4 minutes, 13 seconds.

      • 6 months ago
      • 696 views
      With his friend Sheila, Shaun recounts visiting Montana’s Blackfeet reservation for the first time at age 17, which sparked a connection to his Native heritage and led him in 2016 to join demonstra...
    • A photographer’s duty | When we listen - Duration: 105 seconds.

      • 6 months ago
      • 594 views
      Alexey describes for his friend Ted the ways he felt duty-bound to photograph the scene on the streets of St. Petersburg during the fall of the Soviet Union.

      To see more stories from Ted visit his...
    • Blue lights in the rear-view mirror | When we listen - Duration: 2 minutes, 22 seconds.

      • 6 months ago
      • 1,390 views
      Ari and Makeba trade stories about being pulled over by police while driving, Ari in the U.S. and Makeba in Canada. The women discover some regional similarities in their experiences, as well as ke...
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  • #WhoWeAre | StoryCorps with Upworthy Play all

    StoryCorps and Upworthy bring you #WhoWeAre, a campaign to share the stories of everyday Americans, build compassion, and offer hope to a divided nation. Produced with Upworthy with support from Steven Spielberg’s Righteous Persons Foundation and Delta Air Lines.
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    Join the movement to capture an entire generation of voices over one holiday weekend.
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    Selected stories from our collection to commemorate lives lost on 9/11.
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