StoryCorps brings us memories of one of the first sit-ins of the Civil Rights Era, a protest at a drug store in Oklahoma City that was organized by children.
More than 50 years ago, Eunice Wiley became one of the first Black teachers at a mostly white elementary school in a small Florida town. She retired as a school principal in 2005.
Actor and activist Sacheen Littlefeather, best known for declining Marlon Brando's 1973 Oscar to protest Hollywood's treatment of Native Americans, has died at the age of 75.
Fred Gilliam and Jerry Harris remember Vivien Thomas, who in the '60s ran a research lab at Johns Hopkins Hospital, helping invent surgical techniques — even though he didn't have a medical degree.
Suzi and Donna Wong grew up just minutes from the big movie studios, but a world away. Their dad moved to the U.S. from China and opened a laundry business on Melrose Avenue in 1949.
"If somebody needed help — Granny was going. Black and whites alike, it made no difference to her," Mary Othella Burnette says of her late grandmother, a second-generation midwife in Black Appalachia.
What might sound like a nightmare for many became a reality for exes Neil Kramer and Sophia Lansky when COVID hit New York. And somehow, they made it work. Kramer photographed their chaotic ordeal.
Ghuan Featherstone founded Urban Saddles stables in 2019 to create a safe space where kids could ride horses. At StoryCorps, he tells a young rider a lesson he hopes to impart: a respect for all life.
At 11, Philip Lazowski found himself alone in a Nazi ghetto as Jews were being sent to their deaths during WWII. At StoryCorps, Philip, now 91, remembers a quick decision that may have saved his life.
At StoryCorps, a Dominican immigrant speaks with a fellow Spanish speaker who in high school helped him adjust to living in America. Eventually, they helped each other find their own voices.
Suzanne and Jesus Valle adopted six kids from Ohio families struggling with addiction, after raising nine of their own. At StoryCorps, the couple reflected on their unexpected shift in priorities.
On Black Friday 1991, AIDS activists protested the department store's decision to not rehire a Santa who had HIV. The man who inspired the protest reconnects with an activist who helped organize it.
The disappearance of Carolyn DeFord's mother is among countless cases of missing Indigenous women. Without closure, DeFord continues to grieve. But a special memory and a new grandson give her hope.
Every day is like Halloween when you're the children of costumed circus performers. Siblings Fritzi and Bobby Huber recount the time that their parents made their first Halloween extraordinary.
Grete Bergman was among the first Gwich'in women to get traditional facial markings since colonizers barred the practice. She and markings artist Sarah Whalen-Lunn did it for their daughters.