What is Black Hastings Speaks?
Modeled after NPR StoryCorps, this podcast aims to preserve and present with dignity authentic stories of Black experiences within our Hastings community. Oral narrative and rhetoric were long the primary means of preserving history and cultural information among Black people in the United States, as Black written language was illegal for more than 250 years. In response to the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, this series pays homage to the rich oral traditions of African Americans, as we seek to foster healing, build connections, encourage systemic change, and deepen empathy on issues of anti-Blackness.
This series consists of interviews between members of the Black community at Hastings, as they talk candidly about a variety of topics, including identity and their personal experiences.