Stories from Chicago
Memorable voices from our StoryBooth in Chicago
“I love you more than a unicorn — and I really love unicorns.”
"You came home and you brought singles, five dollar bills, and coins, and we started playing McDonald's."
Celebrating memorable pairs from our Griot Initiative for Black History Month
"I just hugged the man who murdered my son."
In 1993, Oshea Israel shot and killed Mary Johnson’s only son. A dozen years later, Mary visited Oshea in prison and an unlikely friendship began.
"I was debating whether I would say something at dinner..."
When they met in 1983, Leslye was open about her sexuality while Mary kept hers private. With a family Thanksgiving approaching, that all changed.
"This tall, dark fellow was singing. He had these shades on. I was like, 'Look at this guy.'"
Jay McKnight and Andrea McKnight recall how they first met as teenagers in Brooklyn, NY.