ALAMEDA COUNTY HEALTH CARE
African American Oral History Project
Oakland's young African American men have stories to tell; and in 2012, the Center for Healthy Schools and Communities began to capture these stories. The African American Oral History Project was born from the Center's acknowledgment that personal and community health are enriched through storytelling. Health professionals and educators agree that sharing stories is a way for people to connect, bridging the gap between age, race, and culture.
The Griots of Oakland book and exhibitions were presented in 2014 in partnership with Story For All, Oakland Unified School District’s Office of African American Male Achievement, and the African American Museum and Library at Oakland.
The Griots exhibit is available for display at schools and special events. For information about scheduling the exhibit at your location, please contact Kimi Sakashita.
Praise for Griots
"The Griots displays the pain, the power and the promise of young African American men
that should make us act.”
— Junious Williams
Chief Executive Officer,
Urban Strategies Council
View the Griots Timeline