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Storytelling in Action!

For the last few years, Story For All has directed a storytelling initiative in Oakland, listening to Opportunity Youth and their adult allies recount their experiences and support for the Reconnecting Youth Campaign (RYC). As we created the space for stories to be shared, a predictable magic happened: the storytellers become motivated to take further […]

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Reflections on the role of Story in my life, by Archit Bhargava

“…And that’s how I met these group of players. I had no friends, man. I’m not used to being around people.” And then he stretched his arms out wide pointing at the 30 or so people in the bar and said with tears in his eyes, “These people are my family.”   I was at […]

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Empowering Youth through Creativity

Empowering Youth through Creativity by Angela Zusman   Alexa’s got a spring in her step. For the last several months, Alexa and a small team of high school students in San Lorenzo have been conducting interviews for Alliance for Arts Leadership’s Listening Campaign. They’ve listened to students, educators, parents, and principals all across Alameda County. […]

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The R.O.O.T.S. of Sunflower County Exhibition Opens at B.B. King Museum, March 30

The Reclaiming Our Origins Through Story (ROOTS) Project is the narrative component of the Sunflower County Systems Change Project (SCSCP). The SCSCP is a community-based systems change approach that addresses school discipline, juvenile justice and media narrative of young men and boys of color (YMBOC). It is a partnership effort between the ACLU of Mississippi, […]

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What’s Your Word

My Name is Daniel Henson (Listening Campaign: ACOE participant). As a young person in Alameda County, the thing I want people to know about is how diverse our communities are. So many different cultures have come together, and it is very visible within our school systems. Kids are mingling together in ways that seemed unorthodox […]

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“What They Don’t See…” The Negative Effects of the Criminalization of YMBOC

“What they don’t see is how my Grandma picked cotton to provide for our family, [but] what they do see is just another young black male.” In a circle of his peers and The Peace Poets, Myron, a participant in the “R.O.O.T.S. of Sunflower County” project and teenager in the Mississippi Delta, explained what other […]

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The next story is ours to tell

  To our beloved community, Today we are witnessing the power of story in action. I believe this election was dominated and ultimately decided by two expertly wielded stories: She is crooked, and He will make America great again. Facts were irrelevant. Such is the power of story. To what end? Today, many people are […]

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Students Learn to Rock Rights

 Kathryn Eastburn is a journalist with The Greenwood Commonwealth. This article was originally published on August 28, 2016. See article link here.  Some 300 middle and high school students from across the Delta gathered at Mississippi Valley State University on Saturday for “School House Rights Rock,” an all-day seminar designed to inform them of their civil rights […]

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A Story To Tell: My Experience at Cherryland Elementary School

As I approached the school’s cafeteria, I could hear the angelic giggles of carefree adolescent souls, golden as the Northern Californian spring sunshine that caused the school’s playground to glow. As I entered the cafeteria, where the after school program students were gathering their afternoon snacks, the sound of giggles was drowned out by the […]

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Interview with Rasa Mott of Rasa Caffe

I walk to Rasa Caffe on a cloudy day, look around the small and cozy store as I wait to meet with Rasa Mott, the owner. I spot The Griots of Oakland on the table looking well read. Brightly colored Emory Douglas Black Panther & revolutionary prints line the simple white walls, and a handful […]

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Stretching capacity in the fertile Mississippi lands

The time has come AGAIN for the young people to lead the adults, as Ella Baker prophesied and the young people of Ferguson and Birmingham have demonstrated. It will not be a rejection of the old but an elaboration, an inexorability of the affirmative. There is a broad difference between refuting a stereotype, which the […]

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Ne’Quwan’s Story

My Story….My name is Ne’Quwan Taylor. I just turned 18 on November 13. I have a total of 6 brothers, 3 are older and 3 are younger, also 4 younger sisters. I am the first of my siblings to graduate from a regular high school. While I was in high school I was a part […]

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A Story Worth Telling…

There is a story that many Americans don’t often tell.  It is the story of walking down the street without worrying.  It is the story of being given the benefit of the doubt.  And It is the story of being presumed innocent. The reason this story goes untold is because those of us who are […]

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The SHINE: Jackson Partner Wins ArtPlace America Grant!

Story For All partners with the Jackson Medical Mall Foundation, to bring The SHINE to Jackson, Mississippi. On August 31st, President Obama announced that Jackson Medical Mall Foundation (JMMF) is one of six organizations selected to participate in the ArtPlace America Community Development Investments (CDI) Program. Over the course of three years, JMMF will receive […]

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New Dimensions in Story Preservation

No annoying glasses needed for this breakthrough in 3D technology. A team at USC has been hard at work with their New Dimensions in Testimony initiative, with highly successful results. This holographic display is a product of recording “testimony in a way that will continue the dialogue between Holocaust survivors and learners far into the […]

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