The Black Midwest Initiative Mapping Project
The Black Midwest Initiative Mapping Project sheds light on Black folks' lived experience in the Midwest, in major metropolitan areas like Detroit and Chicago, and smaller cities and communities like Peoria, IL, or Waterloo, IA. While the experience of Black folks in the Midwest are sometimes variant depending on where one is situated--e.g., The Great Lakes or Plains regions--we aim to show despite the national rhetoric that invisibilizes the presence of Black folks in the Midwest, we have lived, struggled, and resisted all the while calling this part of the country home.
A Zine Series Created by The Black Midwest Initiative
The Black Midwest Initiative’s new zine series: Disorientation is a digital publication and collection of images, interviews, and artwork that examines the relationships, places, and people that have and continue to produce a Black sense of place in our region. The first volume of the series centers the 38th and Chicago intersection in South Minneapolis as a locale that makes visible both locally and nationally the current political and cultural moment of community-based resistant imagining that shapes everyday living in the Black Midwest and Black living more extensively as it contests the violence of the carceral state.