WBEZ | 'Race' http://www.wbez.org/tags/race-0 Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Studs Terkel’s Race: Where are they now? Timuel Black http://www.wbez.org/series/race-out-loud/studs-terkel%E2%80%99s-race-where-are-they-now-timuel-black-100824 <p><p><em>Each week this summer we&rsquo;re profiling a character from Studs Terkel&rsquo;s 1992 oral history,</em> Race. <em>Twenty years after Studs&rsquo; book was published, we want to see how these characters&#39; thoughts and feelings on race have changed&nbsp;</em><em>&mdash;&nbsp;</em><em>or not changed.</em></p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/TIMUEL%20BLACK%20portrait%20by%20Shawn%20Allee.jpg" title="(WBEZ/Shawn Allee)" /></div><p>There are a few names that are synonymous with Chicago &ndash; Studs Terkel is one. Timuel Black is another.</p><p>Terkel and Black were friends for more than five decades. When they spoke in the 1990s for the book <em>Race</em>, Black had already retired from a long career as a Chicago Public Schools teacher. For many years, he taught in Chicago&#39;s city colleges as well.</p><p>Teaching is one part of Black&#39;s legacy. But Black also has a long and distinguished history as a labor and civil rights activist.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/TBlack2620.jpg" title="(WBEZ/Bill Healy)" /></div></div><p>Today, Timuel Black is a spry 93 years old. In January, he donated his archive to the Chicago Public Library&rsquo;s Woodson Branch at 95<sup>th</sup> and Halsted. <a href="http://www.chipublib.org/cplbooksmovies/cplarchive/archivalcoll/black.php">The archive, which is open to the public, weaves a tapestry of black life in Chicago from the first waves of black migration through to the present day.</a></p><p>When Black came by our studios for the kickoff event in our <em>Race: Out Loud</em> series, he spoke with us about how he wound up in Chicago.</p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1342104067-5" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Tim%20Black%201.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The friendship between Studs Terkel and Timuel Black goes way back. Studs recorded his prize-winning <em>This Train</em> documentary on a train of Chicagoans that Black helped organize to the 1963 March on Washington. And over the years they spoke often about race. Here Black describes a bit about his relationship with Studs.</p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1342104067-6" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Tim%20Black%202.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>When it came time to write the book <em>Race</em>, Studs turned to his friend Tim as a trusted source of information.</p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1342104067-7" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Tim%20Black%203.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Twenty years on from the book&#39;s publication, Black says class issues have become central to the issue of race in Chicago.</p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1342104067-8" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Tim%20Black%205.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Richard Steele has known Timuel Black since the 1970s and said that what strikes him most is how totally committed Timuel Black is to advancing civil rights for African-Americans in Chicago and keeping an archive for history. After the <em>Race: Out Loud</em> kickoff event, Richard sat down with Timuel for a short (11 minute) interview to discuss the changes they&#39;ve seen in terms of Race in Chicago.</p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1342104067-9" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Tim%20Black%20with%20Richard%20Steele.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/TBlack620.jpg" title="Timuel Black donated his papers to the Chicago Public Library in January. (WBEZ/Bill Healy)" /></div></div><p><em>**Eilee Heikenin-Weiss contributed to this report.</em></p></p> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/race-out-loud/studs-terkel%E2%80%99s-race-where-are-they-now-timuel-black-100824 Studs Terkel’s Race: Where are they now? Salim Muwakkil http://www.wbez.org/series/race-out-loud/studs-terkel%E2%80%99s-race-where-are-they-now-salim-muwakkil-100269 <p><p><em>Each week this summer we&rsquo;re profiling a character from Studs Terkel&rsquo;s 1992 oral history,</em> Race. <em>Twenty years after Studs&rsquo; book was published, we want to see how these characters&#39; thoughts and feelings on race have changed&hellip;or not changed.</em></p><p><em>As part of our series &ldquo;Race: Out Loud&rdquo; we&rsquo;re asking people to read &ndash; or re-read &ndash; Studs&rsquo; book and to speak up about what feelings the book stirs up in them. We invite you to follow along and to join the discussion at </em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/raceoutloud"><em>www.WBEZ.org/raceoutloud</em></a><em>.</em></p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/SALIM%20MUWAKKIL%20by%20Shawn%20Allee%20750x4999.JPG" title="(Shawn Allee/WBEZ)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><p>Salim Muwakkil is a senior editor at <em>In These Times</em> magazine and host of a radio show on WVON. In addition to writing the text for &ldquo;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Harold-Photographs-Washington-Years/dp/0810124467">Harold! Photographs from the Harold Washington Years</a>,&rdquo; Muwakkil is an occasional op-ed columnist for the <em>Chicago Tribune</em> and the <em>Chicago Sun-Times</em>.</p><p>In 2011, he wrote about <a href="http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/black_chicago_divided">class and generational divisions within Chicago&rsquo;s black community</a> for <em>In These Times</em> as part of a larger series, which also included <a href="http://inthesetimes.com/article/11897/black_and_blue_chicago">an exploration into mutual distrust between African Americans and the police in Chicago</a>.</p><p>On May 8, 2012, Muwakkil served on a panel at the Chicago History Museum about Studs Terkel&rsquo;s book<em> Race </em>moderated by journalist Laura Washington. The audio posted here was taken from that panel.</p><p>Muwakkil says that one of the reasons Studs contacted him for the book was to help contextualize Louis Farrakhan and Black Nationalism.</p><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1340219057-5" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/SM%20on%20what%20he%20talked%20about%20with%20ST.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div>Since then, Muwakkil says, Farrakhan has become more accommodating of other belief systems and less critical of black culture. But, he says, the issues Farakkhan highlighted back then are still apparent today.<p>Muwakkil believes the high incidence of crime committed by blacks on other blacks is evidence of a lack of self-esteem, and of a white supremacist socialization that has been absorbed by the black community. Slavery looms large here, he says. &ldquo;The idea of race is a European creation&hellip;Blumenbach and those guys who came up with this categorization of humanity according to racial distinctions. Black people have always been on the bottom of that.&rdquo;</p><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1340219057-6" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/SM%20Africans%20and%20slavery.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div>African Americans have been trained to be subservient, Muwakkil says.<p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1340219057-7" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/SM%20AAs%20and%20subservience.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div>One major change since he spoke with Studs was the election of the first African American to the U.S. presidency. At the time that he talked with Studs, Muwakkil couldn&rsquo;t imagine the possibility of a black president. And when it happened in 2008, he was thrown for a loop by the symbolism of a black president.<p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1340219057-8" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/SM%20on%20Obama%20and%20expectations.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div>Muwakkil believes Obama is so well-loved among some segments of the African American community, that he can influence their stances on immigration and other issues of importance to Latinos.<p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1340219057-9" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/SM%20on%20Obamas%20influencing%20relationshi.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div>To listen to the full audio from the panel at the Chicago History Museum, go <a href="http://www.wbez.org/amplified/know-studs-terkels-race-then-and-now-99545">here</a>.<p>&nbsp;</p><p>Next week, we&rsquo;ll feature Timuel Black, a legendary figure in Chicago&rsquo;s history who has a lot to say about race.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>**Thanks to the Chicago History Museum and the Chicago Amplified series for use of their audio.</em></p></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 13:53:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/race-out-loud/studs-terkel%E2%80%99s-race-where-are-they-now-salim-muwakkil-100269 Join our "Race: Out Loud" series Book Club http://www.wbez.org/series/race-out-loud/join-our-race-out-loud-series-book-club-100181 <p><p>Throughout the summer, WBEZ and Vocalo will be talking about race &ndash; out loud, and on the air, in frank conversations and stories, and in lively public events.&nbsp; We&#39;re calling the series, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/race-out-loud"><em>Race: Out Loud</em></a> and we&rsquo;re asking: What would it sound like if people said what they really think and feel about race, about ethnicity? What if they really talked about how race shapes them, their lives, and attitudes? What would we hear, if we listened?<br /><br />As part of this series, we&#39;re inviting you to read Studs Terkel&#39;s <a href="https://www.thenewpress.com/index.php?option=com_title&amp;task=view_title&amp;metaproductid=1196"><em>Race: How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About the American Obsession</em></a>. Authored twenty years ago, this 400-page collection of personal reflections and experiences &ndash; mostly from Chicagoans &ndash; presents an opportunity to ask: What&rsquo;s changed in the past twenty years? What hasn&#39;t? And how do the questions Studs asked, about segregation, equality of opportunity, and hope make sense today? &nbsp;</p><p>In 2006, Studs sat down with WBEZ&#39;s Steve Edwards to talk about <em>Race</em> and share his reflections about writing the book.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/color-complex-studs-terkel-race">Click here to hear the interview.</a><br />&nbsp;</p><p><strong>How you can participate:</strong></p><p><strong>1) </strong>Pick up a copy of Studs Terkel&#39;s <a href="https://www.thenewpress.com/index.php?option=com_title&amp;task=view_title&amp;metaproductid=1196"><em>Race: How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About the American Obsession</em></a> by either dusting it off your shelf, borrowing it from a friend, purchasing a copy, or checking it out from the library.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/CPL_new%20logo_150pxl-75pxl-tall.jpg" style="float: left; width: 98px; height: 49px;" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.chipublib.org/search/details/cn/1088839/">Click here</a> to place the book on hold at a CPL Branch Library near you.</div><p><br /><br /><strong>2) </strong>Start reading, and as you go, remember you can check back at WBEZ.org each week for our &quot;Where are they now?&quot; series, profiling key storytellers from the book to hear what they think about race twenty years later:</p><ul><li><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/race-out-loud/studs-terkels-race-interviews-where-are-they-now-99488">Marvin Jackson</a> (included under the pseudonym William Freeman, <em>p. 29</em>)</li><li><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/race-out-loud/studs-terkel%E2%80%99s-race-interviews-where-are-they-now-99674">Carol Jackson</a> (included under the pseudonym Carol Freeman, <em>p. 32</em>)</li><li><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/race-out-loud/studs-terkel%E2%80%99s-race-interviews-where-are-they-now-jim-capraro-99866">Jim Capraro</a> (<em>p.126</em>)</li><li><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/race-out-loud/studs-terkels-race-interviews-where-are-they-now-joseph-lattimore-100073">Joseph Lattimore</a> (<em>p. 133</em>)</li><li><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/race-out-loud/studs-terkel%E2%80%99s-race-where-are-they-now-salim-muwakkil-100269">Salim Muwakkil</a> (<em>p. 166</em>)</li><li><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/race-out-loud/studs-terkel%E2%80%99s-race-where-are-they-now-timuel-black-100824">Timuel Black</a> (<em>p. 196</em>)</li></ul><p>...and stay tuned for more.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><strong>3) </strong>Please consider joining us<a href="http://www.wbez.org/exploring-terkel%E2%80%99s-race-west-side-bureau-book-discussion-100075"> July 11th at the WBEZ West Side Bureau</a>, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/exploring-terkel%E2%80%99s-race-south-side-bureau-book-discussion-100077">July 17th at the WBEZ South Side Bureau</a>, or <a href="http://www.wbez.org/exploring-terkel%E2%80%99s-race-north-side-bureau-book-discussion-100078">July 26 at the WBEZ North Side Bureau</a> for a discussion about the significance of race today, for us and our communities. We&#39;ll focus on a short excerpt from Terkel&#39;s <em>Race</em> &ndash; the stories of C.P. Ellis and Ann Atwater (<em>p. 271-283</em>) &ndash; and <a href="http://www.civicreflection.org/">Project on Civic Reflection</a> facilitators will guide the discussion. Reading the book is not required to attend, but some familiarity with this short excerpt will help serve as a starting point for a discussion that asks: What does race mean to us today, and how can people change?</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 18 Jun 2012 09:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/race-out-loud/join-our-race-out-loud-series-book-club-100181 Studs Terkel's Race interviews: Where are they now? Joseph Lattimore http://www.wbez.org/series/race-out-loud/studs-terkels-race-interviews-where-are-they-now-joseph-lattimore-100073 <p><p><em>Each week this summer we&rsquo;re profiling a character from Studs Terkel&rsquo;s 1992 oral history, </em>Race<em>. Twenty years after Studs&rsquo; book was published, we want to see how these characters&#39; thoughts and feelings on race have changed&hellip;or not changed.</em></p><p><em>As part of our series </em>Race: Out Loud<em>, we&rsquo;re asking people to read &ndash; or re-read &ndash; Studs&rsquo; book and to speak up about what feelings the book stirs up in them. We invite you to follow along and to join the discussion at <a href="../../raceoutloud">WBEZ.org/raceoutloud</a>.</em></p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/JOSEPH%20LATTIMORE%20portrait%20by%20Shawn%20Allee%20650x433.jpg" title="(Shawn Allee)" /></div><div class="mediaelement-audio"><p>Joseph Lattimore was a 50-year-old insurance broker&nbsp;when he spoke with Studs for the book, <em>Race</em>.&nbsp; Today, Lattimore is retired and&nbsp;lives on the Southeast Side of Chicago.</p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1339632924-0" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/JL%20introduces%20self%20and%20coming%20to%20Chi.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div></div><div class="mediaelement-audio">&nbsp;</div></div><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="mediaelement-audio">&nbsp;</div><p>Lattimore grew up in Mississippi and went to a prestigious black boarding school called Piney Woods, where his mother taught. He described to Studs an experience he had there when he was four or&nbsp;five years old.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><div class="mediaelement-audio">&nbsp;</div><div class="mediaelement-audio"><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1339632924-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/JL%20tells%20teacher%20mom%20doesnt%20like%20whi.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div></div><div class="mediaelement-audio">&nbsp;</div></div><p>Studs&#39; first encounter with Joe Lattimore was when Studs was a guest on&nbsp;a black radio station and Lattimore called in. Here he describes some of what he and Studs talked about on that show.</p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><div class="mediaelement-audio">&nbsp;</div><div class="mediaelement-audio"><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1339632924-2" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/JL%20wouldnt%20it%20make%20you%20crazy.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="mediaelement-audio">&nbsp;</div><p>Lattimore is outspoken and funny. But he also has a keen sense of history. Here he talks about&nbsp;what&#39;s gotten&nbsp;better and what&#39;s gotten worse since he spoke with Studs twenty years ago.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><div class="mediaelement-audio">&nbsp;</div><div class="mediaelement-audio"><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1339632924-3" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/JL%20whats%20gotten%20better%20and%20whats%20got.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="mediaelement-audio">&nbsp;</div><p>And here he describes his experiences in Marquette Park on the day Dr. Martin Luther King marched for open housing.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><div class="mediaelement-audio"><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1339632924-4" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/JL%20what%20Marquette%20Park%20taught%20him.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div></div><div class="mediaelement-audio">&nbsp;</div></div><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="mediaelement-audio">&nbsp;</div><p>Lattimore makes frequent analogies. Here he compares&nbsp;the black experience&nbsp;to&nbsp;something you might see out on Lake Michigan.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><div class="mediaelement-audio"><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1339632924-5" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/JL%20its%20like%20Lake%20Michigan.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div></div><div class="mediaelement-audio">&nbsp;</div></div><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="mediaelement-audio">&nbsp;</div><p>The audio of Lattimore&#39;s original interview with Studs can be found <a href="http://www.historicalvoices.org/~studs/race.php">here</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Be sure to check the <em>Race: Out Loud </em>homepage next week, when we&#39;ll feature Salim Muwakkil, a journalist and senior editor at <em>In These Times</em> as well as a radio host.</p><p><em>**Robert Wildeboer contributed to this report.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 15:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/race-out-loud/studs-terkels-race-interviews-where-are-they-now-joseph-lattimore-100073 Studs Terkel’s Race interviews: Where are they now? Jim Capraro http://www.wbez.org/series/race-out-loud/studs-terkel%E2%80%99s-race-interviews-where-are-they-now-jim-capraro-99866 <p><p><em>Each week this summer we&rsquo;re profiling a character from Studs Terkel&rsquo;s 1992 oral history, Race. Twenty years after Studs&rsquo; book was published, we want to see how these characters&#39; thoughts and feelings on race have changed&hellip;or not changed.</em></p><p><br /><em>As part of our series &ldquo;Race: Out Loud,&rdquo; we&rsquo;re asking people to read &ndash; or re-read &ndash; Studs&rsquo; book and to speak up about what feelings the book stirs up in them. We invite you to follow along and to join the discussion at www.WBEZ.org/raceoutloud.</em></p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/650x433%20Jim%20Capraro%20by%20Shawn%20Allee.jpg" title="(Shawn Allee/WBEZ)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Last week we spoke with Carol Jackson about the experience of raising a son during the Civil Rights era. This week we talk with Jim Capraro, who witnessed something so traumatic in Marquette Park in 1966 that he devoted his entire life to improving the economic vitality of the Southwest Side neighborhood.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">In 1991 Studs Terkel was already a luminary, the &ldquo;elder statesman of liberal causes in our city,&rdquo; Capraro says. Studs felt as if Chicagoans had been dodging the issue of race relations and he&rsquo;d heard a story about Jim through friends. So he called Capraro up and arranged for them to take a ride together around Marquette Park.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">This is the story Capraro told Studs about being a 16-year-old living in Marquette Park on the day Martin Luther King marched for fair housing in 1966.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><br /><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1339014559-5" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Jim%20Capraro%20story%20of%20marquette%20park.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div>That day in 1966 eventually led Capraro to become director of the Greater Southwest Development Corp (GSDC), a post which he held from 1976 until 2010. The goal of the GSDC is to maintain the Marquette Park neighborhood as an attractive living environment and ensure that it is open to people of all races. The organization tries to attract businesses to the area and, in recent years, has attempted to help stem the tide of foreclosures.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Studs asked Capraro: With all the animosity and ill-will he&rsquo;d seen that day at the fair housing march, why was he still living in the neighborhood in the 1990s?</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">That day, as terrible as it was, became a sort of epiphany for Capraro and gave him a vision for what his life&rsquo;s work should be.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><br /><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1339014559-6" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Jim%20Capraro%20why%20he%20stayed.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><br /><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1339014559-7" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Jim%20Capraro%20studs%20was%20hopeful.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div>Two years ago, Capraro, 61, retired from the Greater Southwest Development Corporation to become a consultant on neighborhood development at the national level. Capraro and his wife, Pam, have two children. In 1998, their daughter, Betsy, moved into Miserciordia, a home for the disabled in West Rogers Park, a month before her 21st birthday. And four years later, in 2002, the couple made the difficult decision to move from Marquette Park to the West Loop to be closer to their daughter, in case of emergencies.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">During the 2008 presidential election, Capraro served as a member of then-candidate Barack Obama&rsquo;s Urban Policy Committee. Here&rsquo;s a story he shared with other members of that committee on the day Obama was elected President.<br />&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><br /><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1339014559-8" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Jim%20Capraro%20obama%20election%20night%20tho.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div>Capraro says issues of racism still concern him, particularly because they&rsquo;re becoming more covert.<br />&nbsp;<br /><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1339191760-4" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Jim%20Capraro%20what%20he%20still%20fears.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><br /><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div>Next week we&rsquo;ll talk with Joseph Lattimore, who may just be the funniest person Studs talked to for the book. At the &ldquo;Race: Out Loud&rdquo; opening event, Lattimore, who is black, told the audience that on the day Martin Luther King march in Marquette Park in 1966 he had driven a school bus filled with police officers down to the park. Listen to this exchange between Jim Capraro and Joe Lattimore about that day.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><br /><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1339014752-11" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Jim%20Capraro%20and%20Joe%20Lattimore%20joke%20around.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div><em>&nbsp;</em><br />&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><em>**Eilee Heikenen-Weiss contributed to this report.</em></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></p> Wed, 06 Jun 2012 14:24:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/race-out-loud/studs-terkel%E2%80%99s-race-interviews-where-are-they-now-jim-capraro-99866 Studs Terkel’s Race interviews: Where are they now? http://www.wbez.org/series/race-out-loud/studs-terkel%E2%80%99s-race-interviews-where-are-they-now-99674 <p><p><em>Each week this summer we&rsquo;re profiling a character from Studs Terkel&rsquo;s 1992 oral history,</em> Race. <em>Twenty years after Studs&rsquo; book was published, we want to see how these characters&#39; thoughts and feelings on race have changed&hellip;or not changed.</em></p><p><em>As part of our series &ldquo;Race: Out Loud,&rdquo; we&rsquo;re asking people to read &ndash; or re-read &ndash; Studs&rsquo; book and to speak up about what feelings the book stirs up in them. We invite you to follow along and to join the discussion at </em><a href="http://www.WBEZ.org/raceoutloud"><em>www.WBEZ.org/raceoutloud</em></a><em>.</em></p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Carol%20Jackson%202012%20by%20Shawn%20Allee.jpg" title="(Shawn Allee/WBEZ)" /></div></div><p><br />Last week we profiled <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/race-out-loud/studs-terkels-race-interviews-where-are-they-now-99488">Dr. Marvin Jackson </a>and this week we talk with his mom, Carol Jackson, 68,who&#39;s retired and lives in the Chatham neighborhood on Chicago&#39;s South Side. She appears in <em>Race</em> under the pseudonym Carol Freeman.</p><p>Jackson first met Studs when she was 21 years old and pregnant with her son Marvin. The next time she and Studs spoke, she was 46 years old. Twenty years later, Studs is gone; Jackson is still full of wisdom and insight about race.</p><p>Here she reads a quote from her mother that Studs used in the first chapter of his first oral history book&nbsp;<em>Division Street: America</em>. It&rsquo;s a quote Carol and Studs revisited in <em>Race</em>.</p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1338478341-5" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Carol%20Jackson%20-%20quoting%20her%20mom%20-%20The%20Feeling%20Tone.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div><p>In the 1960s Carol worked in the Civil Rights movement with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and had the opportunity to go to Alabama. As a result of her work around Civil Rights, she was thrown in jail and spat on, she says. Studs wanted to know: &quot;Why were we not bitter? Why was there no retaliation?&quot; Jackson&#39;s experiences in Alabama taught her about the importance of compassion, which in turn helped her to understand what her mother meant by the &quot;Feeling Tone.&quot;</p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1338482440-3" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Carol%20Jackson%20Feeling%20Tone%20examples_0.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Here she talks about her conversation with Studs for the book.</p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1338483745-5" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Carol%20Jackson%20on%20Studs%20Terkel%20Race_0.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Though her own mother didn&#39;t earn a high school degree until later in life, Jackson felt that it was critical for her son Marvin to attend private schools. Here she explains the logic behind her decision to send him to somewhere other than public schools.</p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1338483745-3" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Carol%20Jackson%20-%20education_0.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Below is a photo of Carol Jackson&#39;s mom, Lucille Dickerson (aka Lucy Jefferson in Studs&#39; books) and an interview with her and Studs Terkel from the 1960s, courtesy of the Chicago History Museum.</p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1338482763-9" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Lucy%20Jefferson%20full%20interview%20with%20Studs%20Terkel_0.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Lucy%20Jefferson%20photo%20-%20Bill%20Healy.JPG" title="(Bill Healy/WBEZ)" /></div><p>Next week we&#39;ll talk with Jim Capraro about how his experiences in Marquette Park and beyond.</p><p><em>**Eilee Heikenen-Weiss contributed to this report.</em></p></p> Wed, 30 May 2012 21:37:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/race-out-loud/studs-terkel%E2%80%99s-race-interviews-where-are-they-now-99674 Studs Terkel's Race interviews: Where are they now? http://www.wbez.org/series/race-out-loud/studs-terkels-race-interviews-where-are-they-now-99488 <p><p><em>For the next two months, each Wednesday we&rsquo;ll profile a character from Studs Terkel&rsquo;s 1992 oral history,</em> Race. <em>Twenty years after Studs&rsquo; book was published, we want to see how these characters&#39; thoughts and feelings on race have changed&hellip;or not changed.</em></p><p><em>As part of our series &ldquo;Race: Out Loud,&rdquo; we&rsquo;re asking people to read &ndash; or re-read &ndash; Studs&rsquo; book and to speak up about what feelings the book stirs up in them. We invite you to follow along and to join the discussion at <a href="http://www.WBEZ.org/raceoutloud">www.WBEZ.org/raceoutloud</a>.</em></p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Dr%20Marvin%20Jackson%202012%20by%20Shawn%20Allee.jpg" title="(Shawn Allee/WBEZ)" /></div><p>Dr. Marvin Jackson, 47, is in <em>Race</em> under the pseudonym William Freeman. When Studs interviewed him for the book, Jackson was 24 years old and a second-year medical school student at UCLA.</p><p>In 1990, they spoke of the significance of the music group <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PaoLy7PHwk">Public Enemy</a> and the Spike Lee movie, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BT2al2t2jnU">&ldquo;Do the Right Thing.&rdquo;</a></p><p>Today Dr. Jackson lives in the Lakeview neighborhood and works as a flight surgeon for the Federal Aviation Administration. He is responsible for ensuring that air traffic controllers in the Great Lakes region are fit to perform their duties.</p><p>When he spoke with Studs for the book, Jackson described his experiences as a black student at majority-white schools like St. Ignatius College Prep and Stanford University.</p><p>He told Studs, &ldquo;There&rsquo;s a struggle at a white school because you feel every day you&rsquo;re in an environment not geared toward your success. It would not be uncommon that I&rsquo;d be the only black student in the class. You can tell among your white colleagues that they don&rsquo;t really respect black students a great deal. You can see it in their eyes.&rdquo;</p><p>Jackson&rsquo;s relationship with Terkel began in utero. His grandmother, Lucille Dickerson (aka Lucy Jefferson) met Studs in 1964, when she was protesting the expansion of UIC into Little Italy. Studs interviewed her as well as Jackson&rsquo;s mom, who was pregnant with him at the time.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1337821154-5" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/MARVIN%201.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div><p>(Jackson&rsquo;s uncle Julian Marvin Dickerson is also included in <em>Race</em>.)</p><p>Jackson&rsquo;s grandma helped raise him and, he says, exposed him to great works of art and literature. He told Studs, &ldquo;She read more than any person I&rsquo;ve ever known. She only had a grade school education but she had a book or newspaper or magazine in her hands constantly.&rdquo;</p><p>One thing his grandmother constantly talked about was the progression of her life from a small town in Mississippi to the war years and how black people moved to large urban areas like Chicago in order to make more money.</p><p>&ldquo;She had to carry history with her and correct history, and release me from the burden,&rdquo; Jackson told Studs of his grandmother.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1337821154-7" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/MARVIN%203.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div><p>Jackson&rsquo;s family did not have much money but his mom, uncle and grandma made big sacrifices to pay for him to attend private Catholic schools. They felt that public schools didn&rsquo;t enable black kids to succeed.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1337821154-6" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/MARVIN%202_0.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div><p>At St. Ignatius &ndash; a prestigious Jesuit high school on the Near West Side [Full disclosure: I also attended St. Ignatius] &ndash; Jackson got his first exposure to the double standard he felt many black students faced.</p><p>In his connection with white society, he didn&rsquo;t feel threatened but instead was taught that you never knew who was working with you and who was working against you. He believed that &ldquo;White friends may indeed be white friends but for how long and in what circumstances?&rdquo;</p><p>He talked of always being on guard, and always being tested to see if he was as smart or as capable as his white peers. These were hurdles he believes white students did not have to have meet. These feelings still plague him today in his work as a doctor.</p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1337807243-7" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Marvin%20Jackson4.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Jackson&rsquo;s grandma, Lucille Dickerson, died in 1984. Next Wednesday we&rsquo;ll talk with Jackson&rsquo;s mother, Carol Jackson, who is in <em>Race</em> under the pseudonym Carol Freeman.</p><p><em>**Rob Wildeboer contributed to this report.</em></p></p> Wed, 23 May 2012 16:04:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/race-out-loud/studs-terkels-race-interviews-where-are-they-now-99488 Discussing 'Race' on and off the stage with Geoffrey Owens http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-25/discussing-race-and-stage-geoffrey-owens-95809 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-25/Race Jeffrey Owens.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet’s play, <em>Race</em>, dissects racial issues with unabashed frankness and plenty of humor. It’s onstage now at the <a href="http://www.goodmantheatre.org/" target="_blank">Goodman Theatre</a>. The setting: two lawyers, one black and one white and their young assistant, an African-American woman, try to navigate the minefield of race as they discuss a case they were forced to take on involving a wealthy and privileged white man accused of raping a black woman.<em> Eight Forty-Eight</em> sat down with one of the current production's stars, former <em>The Cosby Show</em> actor <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0654369/" target="_blank">Geoffrey Owens</a>, and WBEZ's Richard Steele to find out which conditions foster honest conversations about race.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 25 Jan 2012 15:42:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-25/discussing-race-and-stage-geoffrey-owens-95809