What You Can Do
“Human rights are not things that are put on the table for people to enjoy. These are things you fight for and then you protect.” –Wangari Maathai, environmentalist and first female African to win the Nobel Peace Prize
Whenever I hear some version of this statement, it makes me squirm: “Wow, Laura Lee, you must have taught the Kenyans so much.” I was the student; the General was the Mwalimu (“teacher”). The General History Project’s responsibility is to share his story with a larger audience and preserve his lessons.
We have a unique opportunity to see and hear history through the eyes and from the voices of those who lived and shaped it. This is a chance for the West and non-West to work together, to improve each other, and to remember the past while creating a better future.
How to get involved:
- Make a monetary donation here.
- Share this project with other people.
- Stay up to date on the Project through Facebook and the newsletter.
- Make historical preservation a priority in your community—ask questions and record stories, including your own.
- Email us with ideas for in-kind donations, like travel or equipment.
- Can you think of a foundation or grant that might want to fund The General History Project? Please email us.
- Do you have specialized knowledge that could help us create a better organization—like accounting, writing business plans, oral history, or digital archiving? Please email us.
- Do you have ideas for where The General History Project should go next? Do you know an important aging community leader who should be interviewed? Please email and submit a proposal.
- Are you a recent immigrant to the United States, and would you like to share your story? Or, would you like to share your family’s story? Please email us.
“You never see my grandchildren coming to visit me and benefit from me. We thought that the more education our children got, the more prosperity they will achieve. So we fought—it is my agemates who fought—for independence. But we never knew that not all the education people get is valuable. Now they have got good TVs, but when they are given responsibility, they never perform, because they never acquired the culture. Inside themselves, they are still like the people who are not even educated.” –The General