Video: Crossing the Divide: Storytelling & Somali Identity in America

If you missed the event, you can watch it here.

This special event featured voices of Somali Minnesotans who shared their stories on how storytelling can bridge generations, as it has for other immigrant groups throughout U.S. history. The “listening session” was part of a 5-state reporting venture by The GroundTruth Project. Their reporting examines the issues that divide us and tells the stories that unite us.

Storytellers included:

  • Said Salah Ahmed, playwright, poet, filmmaker, and teaching specialist at UMN Department of African American and African Studies
  • Abdirizak Bihi, director of Somali Education and Social Advocacy Center, host of KFAI’s Somali Link Radio
  • Ifrah Mansour, multimedia artist and playwright
  • Saciido Shaie, president of the Minnesota Ummah Project, governor’s appointee to the Minnesota Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee
  • Fatuma Mohamed, poet and student at the University of Minnesota
  • Sisco, artist, youth mentor/organizer

When: Thursday, October 5 at 4:30 p.m.
Where: Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
This event was sponsored by the Minnesota Journalism Center at the University of Minnesota's Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass Communication, and is part of WGBH and The GroundTruth Project's cross-country reporting road trip, "Crossing the Divide."
About The GroundTruth Project: The GroundTruth Project supports a new generation of journalists to tell the most important stories of their generation. About WGBH Boston: WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the web.

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