Category: African American

Adair-Ward, Phyllis Jo

Posted in: , , , , Story by: July 29, 2013

Phyllis Adair-Ward tells the story of discovering two truths: discrimination at Riverside Park and the loving acceptance of her life-long friend, Mr. Quiggles.¬†(A written version of this story appears in her book, “Wind-chimes and Promises.”)

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Goggans, Dr. Louise Elizabeth

Posted in: , , , Story by: July 22, 2013

Dr. Louise Elizabeth Goggans talks about people who inspired her to pursue the world of books, education and medicine leading to her PhD and work at many prominent Indianapolis hospitals.

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Jackson, Robert Harold

Posted in: , , Story by: July 22, 2013

Robert Harold Jackson talks about how his work with the Police Athletic League started a  series of events that lead to meeting the woman who would become his wife and mother to his young daughters.

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Wheaton Sr., Dennis Ray

Posted in: , , , , , Story by: June 27, 2013

Dennis, a professional chef, talks about the recipe for pound cake he learned from his mother and how, through practice, he learned to measure by eye.

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Wellington, Ophelia

Ophelia Wellington talks about creating Freetown Village as a new, innovative way for people to learn about self-reliant African American communities in Indiana through interactive theatre.  

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Shaw, Betty L.

Posted in: , , , , Story by: June 8, 2013

This excerpt of Betty Shaw’s life story focuses on the examples set by her parents, how she became a trail blazing manager, entrepreneur and active community volunteer.

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Kelley, Gwendolyn Julia (Judy)

Gwendolyn Kelley tells about seeing the change in Indianapolis during the civil rights movement and the legacy of her poem about Martin Luther King Jr., “The Dream In You.”

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Bloomfield, Celestine

Celestine Bloomfield talks about her early love of reading and the realization that school integration in Gary, Indiana was not working well for African Americans.    

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