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of Storytelling

Voice of Witness (VOW) is an oral history nonprofit that amplifies the stories of people impacted by—and fighting against—injustice. We work with communities to document and center unheard voices, teach ethics-driven storytelling, and develop educational resources.

Our Approach

Oral History Book Series

The Voice of Witness Book Series depicts human rights issues through the edited oral histories of people who are deeply impacted and whose lived experiences are at the heart of finding solutions to address injustice. We use an ethics-driven methodology that combines journalistic integrity and an engaging, literary approach.

Education Program

The Voice of Witness education program brings unheard stories and oral history to classrooms across the US, centering marginalized voices and connecting students with training and tools for storytelling. Our resources and services address the need for inclusive, culturally relevant learning opportunities.

Community Projects & Partnerships

Through partnerships and services, VOW works with communities to teach ethical storytelling practices, develop oral history projects, and create educational resources. We offer expert storytelling and program support to organizations, advocates, educators, artists, networks, and more.

Upcoming Events

Check out all of our events and workshops, including our upcoming series, Oral History Storytelling Skills & Ethics.

Did you miss our spring event series, Oral History in Practice: Community-Based Projects? It explored connections between storytelling and community building, representation, ethics, advocacy, narrative change, and more. Watch the recordings here.

I believe that telling one’s story is a way to healing. Sharing my own story has changed my life. It’s inspired me and I hope it will inspire others as well.

Soledad Castillo
VOW Narrator

Ways To Get Involved

Sharing resources and building partnerships with individuals, communities, and organizations is critical to our mission of amplifying the stories of people impacted by—and fighting against—injustice.

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Work With Us
We offer training and project support for ethical storytelling, oral history, and education. Let’s partner!
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Explore Our Resources
Check out our free storytelling resources, oral history guides, and lesson plans for inclusive education.
We offer webinars and workshops on oral history best practices, storytelling ethics, and curricular development.
Ways To Support
We can’t do this vital work without you. Learn about the many ways you can support VOW!

Project Preview: Movement and Migration in Appalachia

Beginning Again is the next title in the VOW Book Series, coming out in June 2024. In this collection, twelve narrators share accounts of their (or their families’) experiences of migrating and relocating to and within Appalachia. These first-person stories of displacement, resettlement, and community integration are nuanced, and the project counters monolithic representations of rural Appalachia and immigrants.

Oral History in Action

New VOW Book Amplifies Oral Histories of Community and Migration in Appalachia, Disrupting Harmful Stereotypes
Beginning Again: Stories of Movement and Migration in Appalachia launches on June 20th! The latest in the Voice of Witness book series, Beginning Again is edited by Katrina Powell with a foreword from Nikki Giovanni.…

Exploring California History Through Intergenerational Storytelling
This year, Voice of Witness was able to expand the scope and impact of our ongoing intergenerational storytelling project with middle school students and elders. As in previous years, multilingual learners from Willie Brown Middle…

Applied Oral History in Action: A Project on Family Separation
By Fanny Julissa García Fanny Julissa García is an oral historian and narrative change strategist. Last summer, she worked as a consultant for Voice of Witness. She shares her independent work here as the project…

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