The Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and '60s changed minds and laws, opening the door for many people to claim their human and civil rights: African Americans, Native Americans, women, Asians, Latinos, gays and lesbians, people with disabilities, and more every year. Today’s headlines remind us that rights must always be renewed and reaffirmed. This summer marks the 50th anniversary of countless civil rights milestones, beginning with the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Justice in 1963, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his remarkable “I Have A Dream” speech.
To give that cherished legacy its full weight, we all have stories that need to be told: those who were part of earlier movements know firsthand earlier struggles for civil and human rights in their own lives and communities; and younger generations standing today for equality, justice, and opportunity have the task of keeping those struggles alive.
Attend a Storied Session
We invite you to participate in this exciting project to honor a legacy and narrow the generation gap through story and dialogue. Attend one of our free All Together Now Storied Sessions in one of these cities:
StoryCenter is offering this project as our gift to young people and elders across the nation. We will help you share stories about lifting your voices and taking action in your communities and about the impact of the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement in your life. And we will make those stories accessible online to any and everyone who cares about human and civil rights.
Storied Session Details
Beginning in September and stretching over the balance of 2013 in cities across the U.S., we are offering free half-day intergenerational Storied Sessions for young people and elders. Using our time-honored Story Circle process, each participant will be supported in creating a story in his or her own words with an accompanying picture. Each text and image will be uploaded to the All Together Now portal on www.Cowbird.com, showcasing the whole body of work. Visitors to Cowbird will be invited to upload their own stories, cross-linking with All Together Now. The end result will potentially be hundreds of stories sharing and enlivening our collective legacy of civil and human rights.
Who Can Attend?
- Seniors (55 and over) and teenagers and young adults (15-30) of any background or heritage.
- You have a story to share about taking action to support civil and human rights, or about the legacy of the civil rights movement in your life and community.
- You are ready to listen deeply, tell your own stories, and help to inspire others.
Storied Session Dates and Locations
- Saturday, October 5: Denver, CO at American Friends Service Committee
- Thursday, October 10: Montgomery, AL at the Rosa Parks Museum
- Saturday, October 12: Berkeley, CA at the Center for Digital Storytelling
- Saturday, October 12: Montgomery, AL at the Southern Poverty Law Center
- Saturday, October 19: Santa Fe, NM at Warehouse 21
- Saturday, November 2: Philadelphia, PA at the Painted Bride Art Center
- Saturday, November 2: Chicago, IL at Austin Coming Together and Little Village
- Saturday, November 9: Washington, DC at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library
- Saturday, November 9: Atlanta, GA at Alternate Roots
- Saturday, November 16: Cincinnati, OH at Kennedy Heights Arts Center
- Saturday, November 23: Phoenix, AZ, at the Greater Phoenix Urban League
- Saturday, December 7: Oakland, CA at Intertribal Friendship House
- Saturday, December 14: Denver, CO at Lighthouse Writers Workshop
Please check back for additional dates and locations. To inquire about hosting a Storied Session in your city, please contact Allison Myers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you'd like to attend a workshop, please fill out an application. Space is limited, so please get your application in early. We'll let you know if your application is accepted, and if so, send all the details. You won't need any special equipment.
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Support This Project
We have a wonderful group of local and national partners for this Storied Session series. They are helping to get the word out to workshop participants — and when the stories are available online, helping us invite others to contribute their own stories.
Make a Donation
We are donating our services to offer these Storied Sessions free of charge, and there are travel and overhead expenses as we take them across the country. If you can make a donation to help cover these costs, we'd be deeply grateful!
Become a Supporting Partner
We'd love to talk to you about your organization becoming a cosponsor, lending your name to this project and helping recruit participants. Some sponsors are also providing Storied Session venues and lunch for participants (we need spaces large enough to accommodate 10 participants and two facilitators, with tables, chairs, and online access available. Access to computers for word processing is also helpful.)
We are planning a second phase to this project, with a circuit of multi-day digital storytelling workshops. If you'd like to consider sponsoring or underwriting one, please email Allison at email@example.com.
Meet Our Supporting Partners
Donor Supported Workshops
Thanks to individual donor support, we partnered with The Future Project which works with young people on the East Coast, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute program at UC Berkeley, which works with seniors on the West Coast, to hold two pilot workshops and gather the stories of youth and seniors lifting their voices in community. Learn more and view stories.