Hikayat – Arab American Stories

Posted on June 8, 2021 by Alta Schwartz

"If you could press a button and hear your great grandparents telling their story, would you press the button?"

To honor Arab American heritage, Alif Institute and the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) launched a year-long partnership with StoryCorps to provide a platform to share Arab American stories. “Hikayat: Arab American Stories” is an initiative to preserve narratives from our community, allowing us to reflect on our shared humanity, and celebrate our resiliency in the face of adversity.

Why tell your story?

To illustrate the importance of recording our stories, Daniel Horowitz Garcia, Southeast Regional Director of StoryCorps, often asks, “If you could press a button and hear your great grandparents telling their story, would you press the button?” 

The answer is always a yes. Everyone has a story to tell…Generations to come will want to hear you talk about your memories, hopes, and dreams. Click on the links above to learn more about this rewarding and fun project and below to get to know our partners!

About Our Partners

StoryCorps’ mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.

We do this to remind one another of our shared humanity, to strengthen and build the connections between people, to teach the value of listening, and to weave into the fabric of our culture the understanding that everyone’s story matters. At the same time, we are creating an invaluable archive for future generations.

The National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC), a program of ACCESS, is a national consortium of independent Arab American community organizations amid the U.S. – and the only network of its kind.

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