You Have Hair on Your Arms

“It’s those kinda questions that people are asking and…you have to have a little patience…because they don’t know.” Welcome Project at Valparaiso University · You Have Hair On Your Arms Transcript for You Have Hair on Your Arms So, Valpo was kind of like a mirror image of a lot of places in the United […]

Valpo Fit the Bill

“The premise of the academic environment made it worth considering.” Welcome Project at Valparaiso University · Valpo Fit The Bill Transcript for Valpo Fit the Bill I had competed for the military service academies, and I had a stack of scholarship offers all across the United States as a National Merit Scholar, but I also […]

Standing on Shoulders

“I was very fortunate because…people had gone through it already, you know, my brothers.” Welcome Project at Valparaiso University · Standing On Shoulders Warning: story contains racial slurs. Find a bleeped version below. Welcome Project at Valparaiso University · Standing On Shoulders – Bleeped Version Recorded over Zoom. Edited by Rebecca Warner. Transcript for Standing […]

Connective Tissue

“…that was fascinating, having a process where I feel I really met those actors and that creative team and really shared something with them. But I’ve never met them in real life.” Welcome Project at Valparaiso University · Connective Tissue The Coronavirus pandemic has clearly thrown up barriers to our ability to gather physically together, […]

Where Is Everybody Running Away To?

“The potential in Gary was and still is tremendous.” Edited by Welcome Project Intern Ella Speckhard Transcript for Where Is Everyone Running Away To? Everything was changing so fast. It was changing too fast. Everybody can adjust to change, but it just seemed like it happened overnight. But the physical town changed. And then, when […]

Code-Switching

“And so they had to negotiate both of those worlds. That’s what black people have always done.” Recorded over Zoom. Edited by Rebecca Warner. Transcript for Code-Switching The journey of my parents to South Bend, Indiana is—to me, it’s very interesting. They both went to Crispus Attucks High School in Indianapolis. They were both born […]

Watching Fires

“No other part of their humanity could be seen beyond the color of their skin.” Welcome Project at Valparaiso University · Watching Fires This interview was recorded over Zoom. Transcript for Watching Fires I grew up in Dorchester, Massachusetts. It’s right in the City of Boston. My family was the second African American—Afro-Caribbean family to […]

In Thy Light, We See Light

“No light, no engagement; no light, no understanding.” Welcome Project at Valparaiso University · In Thy Light, We See Light Transcript for In Thy Light, We See Light I’ve always been the kind of person “get in where you fit in.” I was a black student leader on the campus when I got here, and […]

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 […]