A Son Remembers His Father in an Animated Short From StoryCorps

The true story of John L. Black, Sr., a janitor and father of 11 children, is brought to life through animation by the Rauch Brothers. 

StoryCorps, an independent nonprofit, has recorded and archived more than 40,000 interviews since 2003. In collaboration with the Rauch Brothers, they've brought select anecdotes to life through animation. With Father's Day approaching, they've released a new short about John L. Black, Sr., a janitor who "regularly put in 16-hour days to provide for his wife and 11 children." Here, his son Samuel describes "his father's lasting legacy and the power of a look."

To watch more videos by StoryCorps, or to find out how you can create your own story, visit StoryCorps.org. For more true stories, see StoryCorps' forthcoming book All There Is

Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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