Capture Your Family’s History, One Story At A Time!
tell stories and to share them with others is often seen as an important and respected role.
For African-Americans, in particular, laws once prevented us from learning how to read and write, thus the ability to memorize, recall, and retell stories allowed family histories to be passed down from one generation to the next.
In this sense, oral history can be just as, if not more, important than written history in some communities. For this reason, it is important that we serve as witness bearers for those who are no longer with us.
Why Our Stories Matter
Cultures that tend not to record their own stories often have to rely upon someone else’s interpretation of their cultures, beliefs, and values. As we have seen, historically, this can lead to misunderstandings, misinterpretations and a one-sided view of a culture and its people. To offset or further prevent this, we must curate our own stories.
Some people may opt to do this via writing books or others may simply decide to interview older family members and capture their responses on camera. Either way, the