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Lawrence, Kansas
Sharing Migration Stories in Midwestern Communities
A participant in the project's Storylab workshop shares his migration story publicly at a local Story Slam. Image courtesy of the Kansas African Studies Center at the University of Kansas.

A participant in the project's Storylab workshop shares his migration story publicly at a local Story Slam. Image courtesy of the Kansas African Studies Center at the University of Kansas.

In response to an NEH call for projects that would spark community dialogue, faculty at the University of Kansas created a program that would engage some of the more vulnerable members of its community: African migrants to the Midwest. By creating educational resources and providing community programming like public forums and workshops, “Migration Stories” helped Kansas communities consider how migration patterns are changing their region and learn more about the migrants in their midst. Over the course of a year, the Migration Stories project hosted film and book discussions; theatre, art, poetry, and storytelling workshops; and engaging lectures. And, in collaboration with the University of Kansas Spencer Research Library, the projected documented and preserved African immigrants’ oral histories, many of which can be viewed on the “Migration Stories” website.

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