The Silicon Valley East African Diaspora Project profiles the narratives of the newest East African immigrant groups to Silicon Valley: Eritrean, Ethiopian, Kenyan, Somali, South Sudanese and Sudanese immigrant families. Unlike earlier African diaspora groups (West, North, South Africans and African-Americans), there is little documentation of their immigrant stories, challenges, and contributions to our democracy or our region. We welcome the entire community to visit our exhibits and, in the future, if funds are available, we would like to expand the project to the entire Silicon Valley African diaspora.
The multimedia components of this project will include a photo-exhibit and digitized narratives. They are designed to bring more visibility to Silicon Valley’s diverse black groups, identify and address social justice issues they face, support local self-help groups in their efforts to navigate the complexity of our society, and educate Californians of the widening diversity of blacks in our communities.
This project was made possible with support from Cal Humanities, an independent non-profit state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information, visit www.calhum.org