FEDERATION'S KILGORE APPEARS ON NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- "Her full name was Sara Louisa Matilda Elizabeth Knowles ..."
So begins a touching remembrance of his grandmother told by Alabama Farmers Federation Executive Director Mike Kilgore that aired Friday morning on National Public Radio and can be heard online at www.StoryCorps.net.
Recorded earlier this year in Indianapolis, Ind., while attending an American Farm Bureau Federation Institute, Kilgore shared the story during an interview with StoryCorps, an independent nonprofit oral history project whose mission is to celebrate one another's lives through listening.
Kilgore tells of the major role his grandmother played in his life as a young boy in Nauvoo, and how she defended him from his father when he and a cousin were caught smoking "rabbit tobacco," a term often given to a weed commonly found in the Southeast. "We were not inhaling it, but we thought we were big shots," Kilgore says during the interview, which lasts just over two minutes.
The story aired on NPR in advance of StoryCorps' "National Day of Listening" on Nov. 28, a day intended to encourage people to interview a loved one on the day after Thanksgiving. Memories can also be recorded online at www.NationalDayOfListening.org.
Since 2003, more than 35,000 people have shared life stories with family and friends in StoryCorps booths. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the Library of Congress. Millions listen to the broadcasts on public radio and the Web. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind.