African American Voices

“Music always makes sense. That’s why I keep coming back to it.”

I write songs. That’s what I do. And it’s a job, so I drive around the country and sell those songs door to door like a vacuum cleaner salesman. Photo by Adam Blackbourn I was born just outside of Houston, Texas, but I don’t have any memories of Texas. Before I was able to be

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Buffalo Nichols| Milwaukee, WI

“Our lives changed because our understanding changed.”

In this series, we are featuring the Odyssey Project, a University of Wisconsin humanities class for adult students facing economic barriers to college. With its whole family approach to breaking the cycle of generational poverty through access to education, this program has been transformational. Keena Atkinson is an alumna of Odyssey. They say whenever you

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Keena Atkinson | Madison, WI