All Together Now
about the project
Inspired by the 2013 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement of the fifties and sixties, All Together Now seeks to remind younger generations that “rights must always be renewed and reaffirmed” and that securing social justice is an ongoing effort for communities facing continued discrimination and marginalization.
Our All Together Now project is centered around an intergenerational dialogue on how people are called to purpose and service. We believe that when these stories are shared, they provide a conversation about civility and resilience that helps seniors and youth become more visible to one another.
In 2013, StoryCenter began inviting seniors and youth across the United States to participate in our All Together Now project, to honor the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement and narrow the generation gap through story. In free, day-long Storied Sessions, we are assisting seniors and youth in sharing stories about taking action in their communities and the impact of the Civil Rights Movement in their lives. Using our Story Circle process, each participant is supported in creating a story, written and recorded in his or her own voice, with an accompanying photo. Each story is made accessible online, using Cowbird.com. Visitors to Cowbird are invited to upload their own stories to contribute to the All Together Now dialogue.
Sowing equity campaign
In 2016, StoryCenter's Sowing Equity campaign supported the creation of stories on Food Justice to showcase how communities in the United States are exercising their right to fresh, affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food.
We partnered with three organizations - Re-Vision in Denver, CO; Mandela Marketplace in Oakland, CA; and the Backyard Gardeners Network in New Orleans, LA - to develop stories about how activists are providing alternatives for sustainable food delivery and consumption. The storytellers and these organizations will share the stories as part of their ongoing efforts to assure food justice. The stories will also become part of our All Together Now collection of stories on civil rights.
If you would like to become a Supporting Partner of All Together Now, or if you would like to inquire about hosting a Storied Session in your community, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Through generous support from individual donors, we piloted our All Together Now project in April 2013 by offering two workshops in partnership with The Future Project, which works with youth on the East Coast, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, a program at UC Berkeley that works with seniors on the West Coast.
Following the 2013 pilot workshops, with continued support from individual donors and the generosity our Supporting Partners, we have held more than 20 Storied Sessions around the United States, serving over 200 participants. Here is a list of the sessions held to date:
- November 15, 2014: New Orleans, LA at Tulane City Center
- November 15, 2014: Washington, DC at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library (DC Public Libraries)
- September 27, 2014: Denver, CO at East High School
- September 20, 2014: Denver, CO at East High School
- August 26, 2014: West Point, VA at West Point Elementary School Library
- July 21, 2014: Houston, TX at University of Houston, with Carroll Blue's The Dawn Project
- April 5, 2014: Kansas City, MO at Kansas City Public Library
- March 29, 2014: Chico, CA at Chico State University Interdisciplinary Center on Aging
- May 17, 2014: Milwaukee, WI at Marquette University
- December 14, 2013: Denver, CO at Lighthouse Writers Workshop
- December 7, 2013: Oakland, CA at Intertribal Friendship House
- November 16, 2013: Cincinnati, OH at Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education
- November 9, 2013: Atlanta, GA at Alternate Roots
- November 9, 2013: Washington, DC at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (DC Public Libraries)
- November 2, 2013: Chicago, IL at Dominican University School of Social Work
- November 2, 2013: Philadelphia, PA at Painted Bride Art Center
- October 19, 2013: Santa Fe, NM at Project 21 with the Youth Radio Project
- October 12, 2013: Montgomery, AL at Civil Rights Memorial Center (Southern Poverty Law Center)
- October 12, 2013: Berkeley, CA at StoryCenter
- October 10, 2013: Montgomery, AL at Rosa Parks Museum, Troy University
- October 5, 2013: Denver, CO at American Friends Service Committee
- September 21, 2013: Elizabeth City, NC at Elizabeth City State University
- April 18-20, 2013: Berkeley, CA at StoryCenter with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute program at UC Berkeley (Pilot)
- April 13-15, 2013: New Haven, CT at the Hub with the Future Project (Pilot)
If Not Us: A Community Collaboration for Intergenerational Stories of Standing Up
"If Not Us" was a project of All Together Now in collaboration with Denver's Buntport Theater, Denver Foundation's Arts Affinity Group, East High School, Warm Cookies of the Revolution and Colorado Public Television. The project brought together local high school students and seasoned community activists to share stories about civil rights. The students then staged a play based on the stories, bringing art and community together. View the PBS documentary about the project:
Our local and national All Together Now partners help in numerous ways, including sponsoring the initiative, inviting individuals from their communities to attend All Together Now Storied Sessions, providing meeting spaces and support staff, and sharing the collection of stories online.
- Elizabeth City - Pasquotank County Community Relations Commission
- Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church - Elizabeth City, NC
- Hope Group - Elizabeth City, NC
- Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Elizabeth City, NC Alumnae Chapter
PRESS about all together now
- Tidewater Review: Share your stories of human rights (July 2014)
- 900AM-WURD: Top 9 Moments of 2013 (January 2014)
- Santa Fe Radio Cafe: Interview with Joe Lambert, Judy Goldberg, and storytellers (December 2013)
- Denver Post: Digital Storytelling Workshop Records Passions for Justice (October 2013)
- Montgomery Advertiser: Saving stories: Group records local witnesses' accounts of civil rights history (October 2013)
- Montgomery Advertiser: People record their stories (October 2013)