Story of the Week: What if the Lion Could Tell His Own Story?


“Until we in Anacostia tell our own stories, until we draw our own maps, make displacement-free zones, we’ll be silenced,” Kymone Freeman says in the Finding America story of the week. Freeman runs We Act Radio, an independent radio station in Anacostia.  Anacostia, a historically black neighborhood in Washington, D.C., has been underreported, often ignored by media, and even left off of maps of the District. Freeman is working with Finding America production Anacostia Unmapped to tell the community’s stories with the community, and to remake the map. Listen and then hear more from the project’s community producers on The Kojo Nnamdi Show.

Anacostia Unmapped and WAMU ask: “What if a radio station sounded like the people it covers?” Anacostia, a historically black and underreported neighborhood, is where lead producer Katie Davis plants a new bureau for WAMU, trains community producers, and invites them to share stories for broadcast and online.