oral history http://michiganradio.org en Storyteller La'Ron Williams talks about growing up in Flint and the 'Understanding Race Project' http://michiganradio.org/post/storyteller-laron-williams-talks-about-growing-flint-and-understanding-race-project <p>The University of Michigan's "Understanding Race Project" will examine race through storytelling tomorrow evening at the Michigan Theater.</p><p>La'Ron Williams&nbsp; is a member of the National Storytelling Network, the Detroit Association of Black Storytellers, and the National Association of Black Storytellers.</p><p>He is set to perform his work <em>Elm Park, 1955</em>, in which he shares his interaction with race as a kid growing up in Flint, Michigan.</p><p>Michigan Radio's Lester Graham spoke with Williams about the power of storytelling, race, and the University's project.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 21:03:41 +0000 Stateside Staff 11628 at http://michiganradio.org Storyteller La'Ron Williams talks about growing up in Flint and the 'Understanding Race Project' Museum records Arab American stories http://michiganradio.org/post/museum-records-arab-american-stories <p><a href="http://www.arabamericanmuseum.org/">The Arab American National Museum</a> wants to become more than &ldquo;a building filled with stuff.&rdquo; That&rsquo;s why it&rsquo;s recording the stories of everyday people as part of an on-going project.</p><p>The museum just released <a href="http://www.arabstereotypes.org/resources/storycorps">three interviews</a> it did in conjunction with Storycorps, about profiling and stereotyping after 9-11. The interviews are posted on the website <a href="http://www.arabstereotypes.org/">arabstereotypes.org</a>. But the museum regularly posts other recordings and podcasts on i-tunes &amp; <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/arabamericanmuseum">YouTube</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Matthew Stiffler is a researcher at the museum.&nbsp; He says one way to counter Islamaphobia is when people who don&rsquo;t know Arab Americans or Muslim Americans listen to these recordings. &ldquo;Listening to stories and having these personal connections is the best way to overcome this sort of bias and bigotry that is rampant right now.&rdquo;</p><p>This summer the museum plans to record Arab American kids talking about how the Arab Spring has affected their lives and their ideas about democracy. Sun, 04 Mar 2012 18:38:38 +0000 Kyle Norris 6490 at http://michiganradio.org Museum records Arab American stories