~ Spring 2013 Series ~
Each event features two live oral history interviews and an Open Mic. The Open Mic participants will be chosen by drawing names that interested storytellers deposit in a box at the beginning of the event. Individuals whose names are drawn have five minutes each to share their stories on the day’s topic.
Migration Stories: Syracuse is a city of migrants. People with roots in the American South, the Caribbean, Africa, Latin America, and elsewhere call the city home. Share your story of coming to Syracuse; ties to the old home; or adapting to life in your new world.
Prison Stories: The U.S. incarceration rate has been the highest in the world for over a decade. Prison has become a common American experience. Share your story of incarceration; ties to individuals in prison; the absence of an incarcerated family member or friend; prison visits; or adjusting to life after prison.
Learning Stories: What does it mean to learn or to be educated? Share your story of how you learned; where you learned; what you learned; love of learning; teaching others to learn; obstacles to learning; or things you wish you had not learned.
Love Stories: “Tell me who you love, and I’ll tell you who you are.” (Creole proverb) Share your story of old love; hard love; sister love; unexpected love; parent’s love; lost love; looking for love; childhood love; misplaced love; brotherly love; or renewed love.
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Your Story! is a Black Syracuse Project (BSP) initiative. The Spring 2013 series is produced in collaboration with Imagining America, La Casita Cultural Center, and the Paul Robeson Performing Arts Company. BSP explores and documents the history of people of color in Central New York and is housed in Syracuse University’s African American Studies Department. La Casita is a cultural, artistic, and educational center supported by Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of the Chancellor.
Alice Dismuke was born in Perry, Georgia in 1934, the eleventh out of twelve children. Her family moved to Lowell, Florida when she was just four or five years old. Here she is being interviewed by her niece, Tasneem Grace Tewogbola, on July 19th, 2010.
My dad was, would take us out of school and we would go to Bean City, Florida. While the other children were in school, we were picking beans for our livelihood.