I became a writer because I grew up with storytellers, oral storytellers. Some of them did not even know how to read. But they sure could spin a tale. My grandmothers and my aunts could liven up a place by just telling a story… Often in their ordinary interaction with us, especially as children, they were very stern…they didn’t seem like fun people. But when they were telling a story they came to life. And there was something from a very young age I realized was transformative about the process of telling a story.
Rebecca Deng hasn’t had an easy life. Born in what is now South Sudan, her mother passed away when Deng was just two years old. Despite that, Deng lived a rather peaceful life until it was turned upside down in 1991 when the Second Sudanese Civil War reached her village of Duk Padiet and “everything was […]
Every week, the AWM shares stories written by Museum visitors. This week, we feature immigration stories from visitors to the new My America exhibit. Visit the Museum to see the exhibit and share your immigrant story. If you can’t make it in, feel free to share your story in the comments!