StoryCorps Celebrates Latinos With Historias Project for National Day of Listening

With Thanksgiving just a day away, what better way to give thanks than to preserve and honor the stories of your loved ones? StoryCorps, a national non-profit program, has launched the National Day of Listening and the Historias Project, one of the largest oral history projects dedicated to giving voice to our communities, families, and friends.

As a fan of the project, I enlisted my 72-year-old aunt, Daisy Perez, as my interviewee. I was always captivated by her stories about growing up in Guantanamo, Cuba, and this would be my opportunity to honor her rich experiences as the first in her family to immigrate to the U.S after Fidel Castro took power in the 1960s. My 40-minute session was filled with tears, laughter, and several family stories I never heard of before, including tales that were passed down from generation to generation and somehow didn't make it outside the island's borders. Now I'll be able to pass those stories down for more generations to come.

Join in on the experience! StoryCorps partnered with SoundCloud to debut their interactive Wall of Listening. Everyone is invited to share stories. Grab a friend, partner or your abuelita and record a story for Storycorps' National Day of Listening on 11/23! Listen to a snippet of my tia's interview below and share your stories with us ahora!