Episode Information

African American Storytelling: From Griot to Written Word
Share this Content

In this episode:

A conversation on the evolution of the African American narrative in the United States


Episode Audio

54:39 minutes (26.23 MB)
Download this Episode

Author Russell Goings spent thirteen years writing what he calls an "epic griot song" about the African American experience.  The Children of Children Keep Coming blends the stories of historical giants like Frederick Douglass, Langston Hughes, Billie Holiday and Jackie Robinson with mythical characters in a style that reflects the history and traditions of West African storytelling.  This panel discussion, African American Storytelling: From Griot to Written Word, discusses the evolution of the African American narrative.  The panel was moderated by Where We Live host John Dankosky at Fairfield University. 

The panelists include Russell Goings, author, former pro football player and first African-American brokerage manager for a New York Stock Exchange member firm. He was the founder of Essence magazine and the Studio Museum of Harlem;  Kim Bridgford, Professor of English at Fairfield University; and Glenn Hinson, Associate Professor of Folklore and Anthropology at the University of North Carolina.

This is the first of three panels in a year-long symposium on African-American storytelling in literature and the arts, a collaboration between Fairfield University and WNPR.  The panel is sponsored by Fairfield University’s M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing.


Related Content: