Storytelling has the power to recall memories, to heal, to preserve history, and to keep the conversation alive. Whitney Joiner and Alysia Abbott have created a community for those who have lost parents to AIDS and want to share their story called The Recollectors. While both Joiner and Abbott lost their fathers to AIDS it was under different circumstances, yet they were able to relate to each other’s experiences.
The Recollectors has become a platform for others to join in by sharing their stories in the form of oral histories, essays, interviews, and excerpts. There are currently 9 recollections that truly express the variations of what it’s like to have a parent with AIDS that go beyond the stigmas associated with the disease and the people that live with it. There is a vulnerability that comes with the storytellers but it is in a way that encourages openness, healing, and love.