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A Really Troubled Past

“It’s hard to argue with the values of a diverse population.” Edited by Reagan Skaggs.   Transcript for A Really Troubled Past Indiana has a really troubled past with race. Marion was a very segregated city, and Marion, Indiana is the site of the last lynching in Indiana in 1936. And I think that that […]

Forty Years an Educator

“Never, ever look the other way.” Edited by Reagan Skaggs. Transcript for Forty Years an Educator I probably over the years have had a couple incidents where someone used a racist term in class because there were no people of color in that classroom, and so they felt safe in doing it. And a lot […]

One Common Cause

“Part of being part of a community is reaching out and helping out each other and being there for each other.”   Produced and edited for the Welcome Project by Rebecca Werner and Brandi Casada. Transcript for One Common Cause I grew up in the Aetna section of Gary. And I may get emotional on […]

Reach Out to Our Neighbor

“I’d do it again because it was the right thing to do.”   Produced and edited for the Welcome Project by Rebecca Werner and Brandi Casada. Transcript for Reach Out to Our Neighbor A couple years ago, when we had a significant snowstorm and it was an isolated snowstorm where we—you know, as Northwest Indiana, […]

Committed to the Community

“We are located right in the middle of Gary, Indiana for a reason.” Editing by Welcome Project intern Brandi Casada. Hold a Conversation Can you imagine leading a conversation about this story? Where? With whom? What kinds of questions would you pose? (See How to use the questions for reflection for one approach.) Please email your […]

In My Blood

“They put a spirit of justice in me.” Editing by Welcome Project intern Brandi Casada. Hold a Conversation Can you imagine leading a conversation about this story? Where? With whom? What kinds of questions would you pose? (See How to use the questions for reflection for one approach.) Please email your questions to us or post them […]

Wrong Side of the Tracks

“When he found out we were from Aetna, he never spoke to us again.” Produced and edited for the Welcome Project by Rebecca Werner and Brandi Casada. Transcript for Wrong Side of the Tracks The different areas of town, that was something that folks took a big pride in, we all did. Of course in […]

Demonized Community

“… people bought into this notion that no one wants to live in Gary…”   Editing by Welcome Project intern Brandi Casada. Transcript for Demonized Community The first neighborhood that I remember growing up in was on the East Side of Gary on Massachusetts Street. And my parents brought me home from the hospital there, […]

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 […]