The legacy of storytelling in African-American history


The legacy of storytelling in the African-American community is rich and historic. In recognition of Black History Month, we hear from leading voices about the impact of stories through history, as well as the personal experiences that inspired them.


Jacqueline Woodson, author of “Brown Girl Dreaming”

CBS News

“I think the first time I realized I was black and that it meant something was hearing James Brown say, ‘Say it loud, I’m black and I’m proud.’ And I was like, ‘Wow, yeah, we can say this! I am proud,'” Woodson told “CBS This Morning.” “It was a moment of realizing that black was beautiful. And having come from the South and coming from a Jim Crow South into that moment, it was everything.”

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