Stories by abyk

Living in My Neighborhood

Lynn’s story written by Chris Bavender. Lynn is a pseudonym and is 29 years old.   My story isn’t one of overt racism, but more about racial relationships and what I’ve learned being the minority in my own little neighborhood. I am white and … [Read more...]


Mina Samaan’s story as told Josh Holowell Mina is 28 years old   Everything was quiet. Everything. And this is not how it is in Egypt. Egypt is crowded and loud. But on that day, as I walked home from school, something was … [Read more...]

Time Warp

Vivian Morrison’s story written by Sherri Beaty Vivian is 60 years old   I'm black, so I live in a time warp. I live in the same year, the same decade, the same century as everyone else, but I also live in this strange and terrifying … [Read more...]

Sink or Swim; in Code

Ruby Cain’s story written by Aimee Robertson-Fant Ruby is 64 years old   I didn’t know what to do. My sister and I were walking home from school and saw the police swarming around my father in our driveway. They were there to arrest … [Read more...]

I Prefer to Be Called Muriel

Muriel Weeden’s story written by Levi Todd Muriel is 75 years old I grew up in Muncie in the 1940s, which was very segregated when I was a girl. Discrimination in public was the norm. Black people weren’t allowed to eat at lunch counters … [Read more...]

A Long Road Travelled

Charles Payne’s story written Steve Knote Charles is 74 years old   Education is the key to escape the bonds of racism. Both society and individuals must be educated to overcome the destruction of racism. My parents’ skin color was … [Read more...]

Who’s on Your Team?

Renae Mayes’s story written by Taylor Wicker Renae is 30 years old   I played basketball all through junior high. Like most people’s middle school experiences, there was a group of girls on my team who were at the top of the social … [Read more...]


Tonikia Steans’s story written by Anna Groover Tonikia is 41 years old   I was born and raised here in Muncie, Indiana, and it has been my foundation for most of my life.   I’m a licensed insurance agent and a certified life … [Read more...]

I See Things More Clearly Now

Fred Long’s story, written by Beth Messner Fred is 55 years old   My family moved here in the 1950s from Mississippi looking for jobs. I was born here and lived in Muncie almost all my life. I went to Muncie Central High School and played … [Read more...]