On top of all that, she collaborated with sociologist Maria Krysan to create the “Don’t Go” project — that’s a series of interviews with 30 people who confronted and eventually combated harmful narratives about Chicago’s South and West sides.
Featured in The Don’t Go Project are:
• Tiana Morgan, who grew up in Englewood and has become an empowered ‘Defender’ of the South Side after her first day of college where she was told to avoid the South Side.
• Adrianne Hawthorne, who grew up in West Dundee and took a wrong exit visiting her grandparents in Beverly. She is now building bridges between folks on the South Side and her North Side shop.
• Jerry Kaufman, whose seminary education and work in social justice helped him venture beyond his comfort zone in Hyde Park to hanging out in Englewood.
All four join our WTTW Segregation Special to talk about how subtle messaging perpetuates segregation.
FIRSTHAND: SEGREGATION is part of WTTW’s award-winning multimedia, multi-year initiative focusing on the firsthand perspectives of people facing critical issues in Chicago.
Throughout 2022, WTTW’s FIRSTHAND: SEGREGATION will put a human face on the impact racial divisions have on individuals, the city, and our region through a documentary series, expert talks, text and visual journalism in partnership with South Side Weekly and the Invisible Institute, and community discussions and engagement in partnership with the Folded Map Project and the Metropolitan Planning Council.
Visit the website (wttw.com/firsthand) to explore the project.