politics

Black Mecca

“That period of time—growing up in Gary, Indiana, I would not want to be anywhere else in the world.” Editing by Welcome Project intern Brandi Casada. Transcript for Black Mecca 1967 is when Mayor Hatcher won. And I was at Bailey then. That was an exciting time for me because on the weekends, we would […]

Veiled Racism

“It was legislated white flight… this was actually extremely deliberate.”   Produced by Rebecca Werner with interviews recorded by StoryCorps, a national nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives. Storytellers in Veiled Racism are volunteers with Gary’s […]

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 […]

Drumbeat

“Their own coverage began to contribute to what was going on in Gary.” This story is part of our Flight Paths initiative. Produced by Willow Walsh for the Welcome Project. Transcript for Drumbeat The newspaper did a whole project looking at race. The executive editor at the time, Ilene Brown, decided to take one year […]

Iron Curtain

“You know, growing up, race was never discussed… There were no signs: ‘Whites only,’ ‘Blacks only.’” This story is part of our Flight Paths initiative. To find more stories from Flight Paths, click here. It was produced by Rebecca Werner for the Welcome Project. Transcript for Iron Curtain In my neighborhood, in Glen Park, nobody […]

Hatcher Voting Bloc

“It’s hard to be in Gary and not be involved in politics.”   This story is part of our Flight Paths initiative. Produced by Rebecca Werner with interviews recorded by StoryCorps, a national nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories […]

True Case of Irony

“He was surprised. He figured there would be some backlash. He never dreamed it would be that bad.” Produced by Rebecca Werner with interviews recorded by StoryCorps, a national nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives. www.storycorps.org […]

A Long Way to Go

“It was hysteria…and fear.” This story is part of our Flight Paths initiative.   Hold a Conversation In addition to the questions below, please see How to use the questions for reflection. Clarification Questions How has the speaker experienced issues of race across her life? What are some of the key moments or chapters in […]

It Was Really Tough

“We’ve always been extremely close… because we know that here in Gary, we have to stick together.”   This story is part of our Flight Paths initiative. Produced by Rebecca Werner with interviews recorded by StoryCorps, a national nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, […]