Oral Histories on Race in America
Shawn is currently working on a non-fiction, multicultural project: Oral Histories on Race in America.
“What Cuts at my Soul,” James Elder’s story about his Mama (grandmother ) Lizzie and his childhood experiences in Georgia during the Jim Crow era, published by Newcity Magazine, December, 2022. Click here to read this oral history.
Photo provided by James Elder’s family
“That Happy Me from Gary” is the story of Tina Jenkins Bell, a Black woman who grew up in Gary and later raised her family in the Chicago south side neighborhood of Beverly, published by Newcity Magazine, May, 2022. Click here to read this oral history.
Photo credit: Tina Jenkins Bell 2022/Photo: Evan Bell
The first in this series of diverse narrations is titled “You Will Always be Different”, the story of Ted Ishiwari, a Japanese American growing up in the DePaul University area of Lincoln Park in Chicago, published by Newcity Magazine, December, 2021. Click here to read this oral history.
Photo credit: Ted Ishiwari 2021/Photo: Nathan Keay