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Part 2: All of That Changed for Me

“To go from a school that was predominantly African American to just the complete opposite was a little bit of a culture shock.” Part 2 of an oral history story from an interview with Mayor Jerome Prince, Gary, Indiana. You can find Part 1 here, Part 3 here, and Part 4 here. Transcript for All […]

Motivating Force

“You can make positives out of situations and we did that as an all-black school in an all-black community.” Transcript for Motivating Force Today, if any student was going to Gary Roosevelt as I remember Gary Roosevelt and others, it would cost a fortune. It would be a prestigious academy that taught excellence in academics […]

Between Those White Lines

“With athletes, it was just a whole different kind of bonding.” Transcript for Between Those White Lines The interesting thing about sports is this, and a lot of people just don’t get it. Sports for the most part, not absolutely, but for the most part, is how society should be. When athletes get together in […]

Before the Floodgates Opened

“I will call some agents out there and see what’s available, but I want to let you know what times we’re living in.” Transcript for Before the Floodgates Opened Open housing just opened the floodgates and made it possible for anybody and everybody to live in any parts of the city. My father was a […]

Things Like That, They Happened

“You kind of adjusted… we didn’t like it. We just, we kind of adjusted.” Transcript for Things Like That, They Happened We grew up in the neighborhood that was near Pulaski School. And at the time that I went, it was an East Pulaski and a West Pulaski. One was for the black children and […]

The Signs Were Not There

“We used to say this was ‘up South,’ and, you know, the other places were ‘down South.’” Transcript for The Signs Were Not There All of my folks—my father and my mother’s side, they were all from Florida. Gainesville, Alachua, Florida, and all down there. Every summer, my mother packed us all up, you know, […]

How We Ended Up Coming to Gary

“It was the dirtiest place in the mill. But I guess they made a decent salary. So he encouraged my father to leave Florida and move to Gary.” Transcript for In My Own Skin We grew up in the neighborhood that was near Pulaski School. My grandfather lived in the neighborhood. He didn’t live on […]

Green Light to Go Out of Town

“Did you want to take a stand… or was it just an inevitability, ‘Man, we can’t stay here any longer?’” Transcript for Green Light to Go Out of Town It didn’t take a lot of, “Let’s sit down and have a Ward Cleaver moment with Beaver, you know, and tell him what’s going on in […]