StoryCorps: Recording The Lives And Stories Of Everyday AmericansStoryCorps is an independent nonprofit project whose mission is to honor and celebrate the lives of everyday Americans by listening to their stories.
Camila Martinez (from left), Corina Ulloa, Isabela Martinez and Brenda Ulloa Martinez spoke about growing up across two generations in the Los Angeles area at a StoryCorps recording in 2010.
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On April 3, 1968, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., second from right, stands with other civil rights leaders on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn., a day before he was assassinated at approximately the same place. From left: Hosea Williams, Jesse Jackson, King and Ralph Abernathy.
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Joseph Patton, at home in Santa Monica, Calif., told StoryCorps last year that he was given an undesirable discharge for being friends with openly gay men in the military.
Sharron Cohen (second from left) with her husband David Cohen, and son Nathan Cohen with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the steps of the Supreme Court building in 1999.
David Smith (left) and Kenneth Felts in Denver in 2013, the year their friendship began. Felts told Smith that before he came out as gay this year, "I was secretly really envying you, to be able to be yourself."
Courtesy of David Smith