MoAD’s I’ve Known Rivers Project Travels to Oakland

What is IKR?

Here at MoAD, we are dedicated to preserving the history of people of African descent, specifically in the Bay Area. The Bayview-Hunters Point Oral History Project is a multi-format digital story collection of oral histories of longtime residents of San Francisco’s Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood. I’ve Known Rivers (IKR): The MoAD Stories Project, now in its seventh year, is designed to collect, document, publish, produce, and archive “first voice” digital narratives about people of African descent in our community and around the world. This new collection is an effort to preserve the stories from early African American pioneers in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood and pass on the legacy of self-determination to a new generation.

IKR: Preserving Oral Histories in Oakland

Thanks to our stellar IKR coordinators, Henry Francisco and Cheo Tyehimba Taylor, dozens of oral histories in the Bay Area have been preserved for future generations. If you haven’t listened to any of these first person oral narratives, I suggest you take a minute to do so! ( They aren’t too long but they are packed with valuable information. We ALL can learn something from our elders, so take advantage of this opportunity!

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Henry and Cheo have extended this program to the elders in Oakland, so keep your eyes peeled for updates! They are busy editing the first round of oral histories and have been hosting events in Oakland to help get the community involved in the process. They recently hosted a theatre workshop to help people adapt IKR interviews into monologues and dramatic performance, based on Augusto Boal’s book Theatre of the Oppressed.

You can learn more about IKR by visiting their website:

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