Sofiya Ballin, staff writer of the Philadelphia Inquirer, and creator of a storytelling project “Black History Untold: Black Joy” collected personal narratives of local African Americans talking about a meaningful experience that inspired them, made them feel proud about themselves and their community.
In this clip, Ballin tells Marty about how she got the idea of the project. Kameelah Rashad, founder of Muslim Wellness Foundation, says she experienced joy on her wedding day. And Ariell Johnson, owner of Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, says when she did the “big chop”—known as cutting off her hair was a joyous moment.
Then, Marty asks James Peterson, host of WHYY’s The Remix, if narratives of violence and trauma have overshadowed stories of joy.
For Peterson’s response and more black joy moments, go to Radio Times.