LowCountry Africana Becomes a National Partner for StoryCorps 2011 National Day of Listening

StoryCorps and Lowcountry Africana provide Do-It-Yourself tips for family historians to share and record stories on the day after Thanksgiving

(11/3/2011) – Charleston, SC – On Friday, November 25, 2011, Lowcountry Africana will represent South Carolina, Georgia and Florida in the third annual National Day of Listening, a national holiday started by the acclaimed oral history nonprofit organization StoryCorps in 2008. The National Day of Listening is an effort to encourage all Americans to honor a friend, a loved one, or a member of their community by interviewing them about their lives.

National Day of Listening participants are encouraged to record their National Day of Listening interviews using equipment that is readily available in most homes–from cell phones to tape recorders to computers or even pen and paper. StoryCorps has created a free Do-It-Yourself interview guide with equipment recommendations and interview instructions available online at www.nationaldayoflistening.org.

Lowcountry Africana will be taking part in the 2011 National Day of Listening by recording interviews with local residents. Lowcountry Africana has also created special National Day of Listening pages at: http://lowcountryafricana.net/national_day_of_listening.asp.

“The idea of listening during the holiday season has clearly resonated with people across the country,” says StoryCorps founder and MacArthur “Genius” Dave Isay. “The National Day of Listening, which coincides with Black Friday–traditionally the largest shopping day of the year–provides a meaningful alternative to holiday consumerism and proves that simply listening to one another is the least expensive and most meaningful gift we can give.”

“We are excited to become national partners in the National Day of Listening,” said Toni Carrier, founder of Lowcountry Africana. “We hope Lowcountry family historians will start a new holiday tradition by interviewing a loved one while the family is gathered for the holidays. We look forward to adding the National Day of Listening to our holiday calendar every year.”

To see how more people across the country are celebrating this year’s National Day of Listening, visit: www.nationaldayoflistening.org.

About StoryCorps

Founded in 2003 by MacArthur “genius” Fellow Dave Isay, StoryCorps’ mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of their lives. Each week, millions of Americans listen to StoryCorps’ award-winning broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition. StoryCorps has published two best-selling books: Listening Is an Act of Love in 2007 and Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps in 2010. For more information, or to listen to stories online, visit www.storycorps.org.

About Lowcountry Africana

Lowcountry Africana, sponsored by the Magnolia Plantation Foundation of Charleston, South Carolina, is an all-volunteer research project and free website dedicated to African American genealogy and history in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. For more information, please visit www.lowcountryafricana.com.