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Ourstory Carnival: The Beginning

I am stealing this whole from Kevin at Slant Truth. I think it’s a great idea and should yield very interesting stories, as it catches on. 

How It All Began
Things move fast in the blogosphere. A couple days ago, The Angry Black Woman posted an assignment for Black History Month. The assignment was simple enough. It was a call to make Black History Month useful, pertinent, and personal.

What black folk do we hardly ever talk about yet deserve to be remembered if not celebrated? What recent history is worth exploring? And what is your personal black history? I would love to hear stories about people’s families. Either stuff you remember or stuff you were told. How did your people contribute to history? How were they affected by it?

So seriously, this is the Black History I want to explore this month. Post this on your blog, pass it around, email your grannies and cousins for material. Recommend some books, dig up some history, have fun!

Then come back here and tell me about it. Oh, and tag your posts “Our Black History Month”

The idea sparked a post from Kevin, in which he encouraged people to participate in ABW’s call and extended it a bit:

I’m gonna take this a step further and say it’s about time we opened this up. Asian folks, Latin@s, The Indigenous folks of the U.S., Middle Eastern Folks, the LGBT community of all races and ethnicities, what history do you want to put out there? What’s been overlooked for the more conventional narratives that makes everyone feel good?

Kevin left off with a question, “Is there a carnival to be had in this idea–a carnival of forgotten history or something?” Kevin and I were IMing each other while he published the post. I immediately responded that i like the idea of a carnival of forgotten ourstories. Being people with no patience for talk without action, we set a date and decided to host the first edition of this carnival together on Taking Place.

Where It Goes From Here
We will publish the first edition of the Ourstory Carnival on Saturday February 24th. The deadline for submissions is Thursday February 22nd. Between now and then, it is up to you to make this happen. We want you to write the stories that are rarely or never told; stories that have been forgotten; stories that helped define you and us. They can be stories of lesser known figures or actions of the past. They can be stories from your family. The idea is to breakdown the hierarchical approach to history that only shares stories to promote patriotism and pacifism. We want to create an ever-evolving ourstory of what makes us who we are. A collective ourstory that informs the present and reminds us that each and every one of us are responsible for how ourstory will be told in the future.

If you are interested in submitting your story, just leave a link to your post in the comments section of this post or use the official post submission page.

Update 2: Note that this is just a repost of the official call for submissions at Taking Place. Please don’t leave a link to your post here. Instead leave your links at Taking Place or the official post submission page.

Posted by Nanette on 02/07 at 07:51 PM
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