For Stories of Struggle I interviewed at least 150 Black activists while I worked as a journalist at The State and as director of a writing program at Columbia College. I wanted to preserve Black elders’ stories, and, through their stories, to reveal a true portrait of segregation in South Carolina. I believe in the power of stories.
Let’s talk about your stories, why preserving personal stories is important, and why “top-down” history can never tell the whole story. I’ll offer some basics for telling your stories and collecting others’.