Black History Gems -The Folk We Know

The folks over at StoryCorps are doing a fine job recording and animating America’s stories, told by regular folk from all over the country. This tale caught my eye in particular, with two cousins recalling their formidable Sunday school teacher – Miss Lizzie Devine – the only woman who scared them more than their grandmother.

Really, didn’t we all grow up with a Miss Devine in our churchhouse? They were plenty of quirky ‘aunties’ and ‘uncles’ who always had a place at the family table. They were the ones who carefully and faithfully cut the crusts off the sandwiches and served them on big tin platters in the church basement, who shoo’d us rowdy kids from the kitchens, kept us from running in the halls, and who shushed us in the services – and we loved them.

These are the ordinary folk who make up the threads that weave together the fabric of our lives.- so glad to see StoryCorps remembering them for all Americans.  Watch the three minute animated video here, and enjoy a warm chuckle.

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