Waterloo, Iowa ---
Northend Stories Pt 1: the community.
31:43   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaSvgdhCr34

Waterloo, Iowa, has been home to an african american
community ever since the great migration north in the
early part of the last century. Many were attracted by jobs
which had opened up with the railroads, a packing plant
and the John Deere Tractor Works. At first most of the
black population lived in a close knit community near the
railroad. A closeness which is explored in interviews along
with questions about how it felt to experience
discrimination and prejudice. Filmed in 2019 the Black
Lives Matter events after the George Floyd murder are
referenced because the Waterloo reaction has been distinct
because of it's history of calling out racism and
discrimination. There are now a black mayor, a chief of
police and a representative in the state legislature.

Northend Stories Pt 2: the Cosby Center.
26:39  northend stories pt 2

Jesse Cosby came to Waterloo, Iowa, after the 2ond
World War and found his vocation as a community
organizer, choir director and square dance caller. As a
black man from Alabama in the tight knit african american
community of Waterloo and at a time when segregation
was the unspoken rule he went beyond boundaries, setting
an example for future generations of what community
could be. His a cappella choir was popular throughout the
area and he was in great demand as a square dance caller
with what were all white dance clubs and churches. His
dream of a community center in Waterloo's african
american neighborhood became an ongoing reality after his
untimely death from cancer.

Produced by Jim Morrison, a native of Waterloo who
grew up blind to the other side of the tracks.
Iowa, el otro nuevo mexico     
2011    6:46 min.   español
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After the Katrina hurricane displaced New Orleans artist Richard C. Thomas came to Waterloo and
eventually undertook this mural project in the downtown. It was completed and the ribbon cut in
2007 with the name 'Keki Me Si Metose Neniwa - We the People'. The name comes from Meskwaki,
a tribe native to the state. Thomas spent a year just studying Waterloo's immigrant history.
Iowa es un estado de inmigrantes.

En 2011 un miembro del equipo de noticias de Univision en Nuevo Mexico visitó su familia en Iowa y
fue sorprendida a escuchar español en el estacion de buses alla. Asi empesó este investigacion en la
comunidad mexicano en Waterloo, Ia. Una planta procesadora de carne grande, IBP, ha buscado
empleados en mexico y acerca de la frontera. Con tiempo los trabajadores y sus familias empezo echar
raices en la comunidad y formar su proprio comunidad. La escuelas y una iglesia catolica respondio con
programas para facilitar el desarrollo de las familias mexicanas.

Ghosts of Greenwood
Nikole Hannah-Jones is a journalist best known as the inspiration for the
1619 Project developed through the  New York Times, a look at US history
from an african american perspective. Nikole grew up in Waterloo and
identified her inspiration for that project as coming from a black history
course in  high school. Her inquietude, her questions led her to visit the
town her father came from in Mississippi, Greenwood, a trip which she
describes in Ghosts of Greenwood. Her father and her grandmother never
wanted to revisit Mississippi, nor did they.
The University of Northern Iowa had
football players on the team from the
neighborhood in Minneappolis where
George Floyd was murdered.
The impact
went beyond the lockerroom.
a mural project, 'Diversity Is Our Strength'.
the University of Northern Iowa athletic
director speaks hopefully of the discussion
and reflection that has emerged from what
people have witnessed with the police
violence in 2020.
David Harris at a zoom
conference with other midwestern athletic
leaders, 06-10-2020.
Nikole Hannah-Jones spoke about her
Waterloo experience on Constitution Day,
Sept. 2019. She spoke about the inspiration
she recieved from a black history course in
high school.