That Mentality

“The Marine Corps was like, ‘We’re gonna fix you… but it’s not gonna be fun.’ I was like, ‘I’m down for that.’” Produced by Rebecca Werner. Transcript for That Mentality I didn’t like the way my life was going. I was like, “I’m kind of a deadbeat right now in high school.” Like, I didn’t […]

Life has Yin and Yang

“Key things happen in your life that trigger you… put you on your path.” Produced by Dan Funderburg. Thanks to the Office of Multicultural Programs for organizing a story collection day during the Black Alumni Reunion. Transcript for Life has Yin and Yang I was fearful, anxious, and excited. The ride to Valparaiso, my dad […]

Settlement House

“If you could make it through the wobbles and the buckles in the floor at the Neighborhood House, you could skate anywhere.” This is an audio excerpt from Just What a Neighbor Does. To see the full video, click here. Transcript for Settlement House So, I grew up in a working class neighborhood on the […]

Racism Is a Disease

“Until you change inside, all the laws you can pass ain’t gonna do a bit of good.” Produced by Emmanuel Higgins for Flight Paths. Thanks to Mr. Allison for sharing this story.   Transcript for Racism Is a Disease I grew up right here in Gary. I was born here in 1938. Gary used to […]

We Just Want to Run

“…it is actually possible for something so wrong to go on with everybody just assuming it’s normal.” This story is part of our Flight Paths initiative. Produced by Rebecca Werner for the Welcome Project. Transcript for We Just Want to Run Race was never discussed around me. Nobody on the block would ever talk about […]

Homestead

“They came in their covered wagon to Merrillville…”   Transcript for Homestead Well, I just did my DNA thing, and it’s basically Western European. That’s traced back to 212 AD. This is the family history; this is the oldest house – my great grandparents. It was homestead in 1852. He came from Erie, Pennsylvania. He […]

Really Nice Subdivision

“I think that a lot of the affluent white people here, if you really got inside their heads, they’d just prefer it to be lily-white.” This story is part of our Flight Paths initiative. Produced by Rebecca Werner for the Welcome Project. Transcript for Really Nice Subdivision In my neighborhood, in Glen Park, nobody had […]

It Takes Time

“I can’t imagine why some forward-thinking company wouldn’t want to do something…” This story is part of our Flight Paths initiative. Produced by Rebecca Werner for the Welcome Project. Transcript for It Takes Time Anybody that I’ve ever talked to about Gary has the same view that I do: that’s it’s a total lost cause. […]