Community Voices

Miami Valley StoryCorps: Linda Burrs and Damien Burrs

Mar 16, 2011
Damien Burrs and Linda Burrs

"Some people are afraid of failure, some people are afraid of success. Regardless of what that fear is, it has been allowed to get in their way. So, whether we believe we can or we believe we can't, either way, we're right."

Dr. Linda Jackson Burrs has had a lifelong interest in how people overcome fear. She is a professor, consultant, and author of the book, "The Fruits of Inclusion." Burrs's uncle, Maceo Snipes, became the first person of color to vote in Taylor County, Georgia in 1946. Burrs was eager to tell her son, Damien Tyrone Burrs, how that event shaped her life.

Miami Valley StoryCorps: Mary M. Morgan & Joy Schwab

Mar 2, 2011
Joy Schwab and Mary Morgan

"I went out and bought a paper, and there was a cartoon of a crazy woman - hair flying, arms askew - with the announcement: Mary Morgan takes out petitions for Dayton City Commission."

Mary Morgan was the first woman to run for Dayton City Commission in 1969. She went to the StoryCorps booth with her long-time friend Joy Schwab, a librarian from Beavercreek, to talk about what led her to run for office. Morgan describes herself as an "Appalachian migrant anti-racist feminist."

(Originally broadcast October 20, 2010)

Miami Valley StoryCorps: Ruby Nicholson & Jane Scott

Feb 23, 2011
Ruby Nicholson and Jane Scott

“We’d do spring cleaning, and one of the exciting times in spring was when we took the stove down and took of the long underwear. ”

Ruby Wells Nicholson has led a long and full life. Born in Kentucky in 1910, Ruby survived the Great Flu Epidemic and saw the birth of the automobile. Today, Ruby and her daughter Jane Scott live in Yellow Springs. In the StoryCorps booth Ruby shared memories of rural life: the changing of the seasons, and preparations for spring.

Miami Valley StoryCorps: Anne Branning & Rani Deigh Crowe

Feb 16, 2011
Anne Branning and Rani Deighe Crowe

"I was in sixth grade when my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. She decided to experiment since she wasn’t interested in chemo."

Rani Deighe Crowe and Anne Branning of Yellow Springs are old friends. They came to StoryCorps to have one of their last face-to-face conversations. Just days later, Anne moved to New York. Rani interviewed Anne about her childhood, and her mother - who passed away when Anne was fourteen years old.

Miami Valley StoryCorps: Sam Dowse & Virginia Dowse

Feb 16, 2011
Sam Dowse and Virginia Dowse

“I can’t imagine my life without you. I’m so happy you got on my train…"

Extraordinary circumstances lead Sam Dowse to meet his future wife in Europe. When they got back to the US, Sam and Virginia struggled to maintain a long-distance relationship. But ten years ago, one of the largest tragedies in U.S. history finally brought this couple together – and brought them to Dayton.

Miami Valley StoryCorps: Patricia Bates & Kay Lewis

Feb 2, 2011
Patricia Bates and Kay Lewis

“George died when he was forty. It seemed like the end of my life. Except, I had seven children and I had show them how you accept things like that.”

Kay Lewis is one of six children. Her father died of kidney failure in 1966 while Kay and her siblings where still young. Kay brought her mother Patricia Adams to StoryCorps. She wanted to learn more about how her mother coped with the loss of her partner and the father of her children.

Miami Valley StoryCorps: Alyce Jenkins & Dorothy Scott

Jan 26, 2011
Alyce Jenkins and Dorothy Scott

"You see a strong person who has always been independent become a child. It was very, very hard for her, and for me. "

Alyce Earl-Jenkins grew up in segregated Alabama and battled cancer early in life, but Alyce's toughest challenge came when her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Alyce came to the StoryCorps booth with long time friend and fellow Yellow Springs resident Dorothy Scott to discuss how the community intervened to help Alyce care for her ailing mother.

Carol Roberts and Jennifer Muhlencamp

“My grandmother had a clock that chimed the hours and it kept me awake, and then I could hear them talking and it was like duh duh duh duh now you know the truth.”

This time of year airports and bus stations are packed with holiday travelers. And there's one Christmas visit Carol Roberts of Englewood will never forget. Carol came to StoryCorps with her daughter, Jennifer Muhlencamp. Carol remembers spending the holidays in Jersey City, New Jersey in the 1950's.

Jon, Yvonne, & Kenneth Castonguay

Nov 24, 2010

“I’m very thankful for all the things that I have now, due to the fact there were a lot of things we didn’t have during the depression. Very much so... very thankful for everything we have.”

Miami Valley StoryCorps: Ruby Nicholson & Jane Scott

Sep 22, 2010
Ruby Nicholson and Jane Scott

"To my way of thinking, that leaf, and people, and animals all deteriorate and become dust to keep creation a'goin' and I think creation is happening all the time."