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The Power of Storytelling

Project 60/50 is about conversations on topics involving civil and human rights. People from different cultures and different communities may have different interests and perspectives based on their individual or group experiences. Stories or narratives have been shared in every culture as a means of entertainment, education, cultural preservation and instilling moral values. Project 60/50 invites everyone to share stories about people, places and/or situations they believe are important relative to civil rights and human rights history.

Why storytelling?

Good story tellers make their audiences feel more connected to history and closer to their cultural heritage. It is believed by some that when it comes to inspiring people to embrace change, storytelling is the best tool that works. Diverse points of view, personal histories, prior experiences, and learning styles can be used to greatly enhance teaching and learning. All people have a basic need to share stories. Stories organize experiences and record important happenings. Stories enable people to learn about each other’s cultures, experiences, and meaningful relationships. Through the sharing of stories, people create the potential for new connections that link them together inside a new tale.[1]

How can I share my story?

If you have a story you want to share on a topic important to you, click on the link below. Stories can be about someone who you admire as a leader, activist or role model in a civil rights / human rights movement. It doesn’t have to be a famous or historical figure who receives broad recognition, although you are welcome to share your stories about them as well. But it can also be a story about a parent, grandparent, neighbor, teacher, friend, anyone you admire or look up to, who you believe has toiled long and hard to make a better life for their family and their community. Your story can be about a location, such as, the first house in the city to rent or sell to a person of color, for example.

Project 60/50 encourages everyone to embrace our differences, discover our similarities and, respectfully, learn from each other.

My Story



[1] Stan Koki, author of “Storytelling: The Heart and Soul of Education”