Tara Roberts: Diving with a purpose

National Geographic Explorer and Storyteller Tara Roberts follows a team on a quest to document and identify sunken slave shipwrecks.

Tara Roberts is following a group of Black scuba divers, historians, and archaeologists as they search for and help document slave trade shipwrecks around the world. 

Roberts’ goal is to reimagine and reframe the origin story of Africans in the Americas and to tell stories that humanize and bring empathy, nuance, and complexity to their human journey. 

She is working on a long-form narrative about this journey as a fellow in the MIT Open Documentary Lab. 

Roberts also believes deeply in giving shape and substance to the original ideas of women and girls and encouraging their bold action and achievement. She has edited several books for girls and published her own bold, pro-female, and socially conscious magazine. 

In addition, she spent a year backpacking around the world to find and tell stories about young women change agents, which led to the creation of a social enterprise that supported and funded their big ideas. 

Roberts has worked as an editor for CosmoGirl, Essence, Ebony, and Heart & Soul magazines. She also served as director of communications for the Ashoka organization and coached social innovators for the Red Bull Amaphiko Academy.

This Explorer's work is funded by the National Geographic Society
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