NPR StoryCorp: Muslims need to share our stories

I am forwarding an email that I received requesting assistance from the manager of the outreach team for NPR’s StoryCorps. For those of you who are not familiar, StoryCorps is essentially an oral history project–they collect life histories of ordinary Americans of all sorts of backgrounds for broadcast and archiving at the Library of Congress. They are apparently preparing for an upcoming mobile tour, and would like to reach out to our community for volunteers to share their stories. This is an opportunity for each of us to contribute something to the telling of our own collective history.

I am including the email sent to me from Ms. Gutierrez, which includes her contact information–please contact her directly if you would like to volunteer, or if you have any questions. Please feel free to tell your friends and families. Anyone can do this.

Ma salaam,

Donna

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Jesse Gutierrez <jgutierrez@storycorps.org>

Greetings Ms. Auston,

My colleague Liyna Anwar shared your contact information with me. I want to start by saying thank you for sharing your knowledge and experiences during the StoryCorps panel on diverse representations of Muslim and Arab Americans post 9/11. This was a great learning opportunity for me. I truly appreciate your time and insight. In particular, the reminder that not all Muslim’s are of Arab or Middle Eastern descent. I think we tend to overlook or forget that fact. Thank you for the reminder.

As manager of the outreach team for the StoryCorps Mobile Tour, I work on the engagement strategies for each city that we visit. During each stop we focus our efforts on creating partnerships with organizations that work within diverse communities. The African American and the Muslim communities are both communities that we always try to engage. If you care to share any contacts or make suggestions on who we should contact for our upcoming stops, we would greatly appreciate it.

Here is the list of our upcoming 2016 Mobile Tour:

Nashville, TN (March 11 – April 8)
Washington, DC (April 14 – May 13)
Baltimore, MD (May 19 – June 17)
Providence, RI (June 30 – July 29)
Colchester, VT (August 4 – September 2)
Buffalo, NY (September 4 – October 9)
Pittsburgh, PA (October 13 – November 11)
Columbia, SC (November 17 – December 21)

All the best,
Jesse

C
Jesse Gutierrez
Associate Manager, Mobile Tour Outreach

StoryCorps | http://www.storycorps.org
80 Hanson Place Brooklyn, NY 11217
Office: (646) 723 – 7020 ext.34

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