Welcome to Wambui Stories - 70 Years and Beyond!


June 20, 2022

I Thought We Would Be Kinder

Lately, I don't recognize my world. Of course, I expected things to change over the years. However, it feels like we are going in…

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April 8, 2022

Our Mental Health Journeys

Today, I am with Dr. Keba Richmond Green. Professor Green is doing a series of podcasts introducing her classes entitled “Eating …

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March 15, 2022

No Cursing! I Got It When I Need It ***Not Explicit, but I do say a…

***Not Explicit, but I do say a few curse words*** When I grew up, we were not allowed to curse. The word 'curse' was considered …

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March 7, 2022

My High School Parties - Greensboro, Norh Carolina -1960s

In 1968 in Greensboro, North Carolina, I was a senior at James B. Dudley High School. I loved weekend parties! On the weekends, s…

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Feb. 21, 2022

That Time I Decided That I Wanted To Be A Waitress

It is Greensboro, North Carolina. The year is 1968. I am a senior at James B. Dudley High School. We're all just trying to find s…

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Feb. 16, 2022

Cigarette Memories

I remember when you could smoke in a restaurant. I remember you could smoke just about anywhere. In fact, your cars - cars were b…

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Feb. 11, 2022

Bags Full of Money

I'm living in New York City. It is 1984/ 85. I'm now the mother of two wonderful, beautiful little girls. But I'm struggling. I a…

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Sept. 15, 2021

Why and How I Got A New Name

Wambui was born to Mr. and Mrs. John Louis Washington of Greensboro, North Carolina in January of 1950. Her mother thought she co…

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Sept. 12, 2021

My Aunt Thelma Lived and Died On Her own Terms

"My Aunt Thelma was 85 years old when she was diagnosed with colon cancer. The doctors told her without immediate surgery, she wo…

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Sept. 10, 2021

MY Mama Should Have Been The Border Czar

Wambui Bahati tells a story of how, when growing up in Greensboro North Carolina in the 1950s and 1960's, her mother kept an eye …

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Sept. 8, 2021

Mama Meets My White Boyfriend

At least one of Wambui Bahati's husbands was a white man. In sharing her personal history, she shares this story of when she took…

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Sept. 7, 2021

How I Got To New York City

My family and I, in the 1950s and 1960s, in Greensboro, North Carolina didn't travel a lot. When we did travel, it was usually wi…

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Sept. 6, 2021

Straighten Your Hair!?

Wambui talks about her hair - from the straitening or straighten hot comb to afro and many things in between. She shares the stor…

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Feb. 25, 2021

On Being Black

I'm not feeling the racial tension in our society that I keep hearing about today in the news and social media. I grew up in Nor…

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Jan. 8, 2021

Never So Happy to Walk Among the Dead

My mother's mother, Beady Davis Howell, was the granddaughter of slaves and the daughter of sharecroppers. They lived in the area…

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Jan. 6, 2021

Gone With The Wind and Me

I'm going to start with a story that starts at 1976. I'm 26 years old living in New York city. I'm an actress, of course, as an a…

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Jan. 3, 2021


Church was very important in our lives. It was the place where we would go to meet new people, be with our friends outside of sch…

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