The R.O.O.T.S. Project
“Reclaiming Our Origins Through Story”
In partnership with the SCSCP and Story for All, a non-profit organization from Oakland,
CA, nineteen African American young men have collected stories and wisdom from their Mississippi
Delta community to help impact change through story. Affectionately named the R.O.O.T.S. of
Sunflower County, which stands for Reclaiming Our Origins Through Story, these young men
have lifted up wisdom, stories and data to inform the work of disrupting the school to prison
pipeline. Their journey of collecting stories and sharing their voices, hope, and commitment to their
community has been curated into a traveling multimedia exhibit that also tells the broader story of
the policies and practices that disproportionately affect Young Men and Boys of Color (YMBOC) in
the Delta and across the country.
Learn more about the ROOTS’ journey by watching the short documentary and listening to the interviews conducted by the youth.