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Voices on Racism

India Rose: Local businesswoman, wife, and mom

Interview by Kyra Steck My mom was born here. She’s Portuguese, so she’s white. My dad is Cape Verdean, so I’m mixed. My mom, her family's from the Vineyard. My dad is from New Bedford....

Suesan Stovall: Artist, singer, ‘incognegro’

Interview by Kyra Steck This place has always been an integral part of my being. I grew up for most of my young adult life in New York City, and then I moved to Los...

Chip Coblyn: Artist and washashore

Interview by Kyra Steck We were seasonal residents — my parents bought a house here around 1990, and we've been coming steadily since then. My wife and I first came in 1980 on vacation. I...

Dhakir Warren: Student affairs administrator at M.V. Regional High School

Interview by Kyra Steck My name is Dhakir Warren, and I currently serve as administrator of student affairs at the high school. My role spans a wide range of responsibilities — everything from initially implementing...

Aquinnah Hill: Grew up in Aquinnah; works year-round on-Island

Interview by Kyra Steck I’m Aquinnah Hill. I’m 22 now, and I’ve been on the Island my whole life. I have a lot of roots here. My dad’s Native American and a barber, and he’s...

Ana Della: A student born in Brazil, studying dentistry

Interview by Kyra Steck I was not born in the U.S. I used to live on the Island when I was little, like when I was 2 years old. I stayed there for two years,...

Maggie Riseborough: Native Islander teaching in Brooklyn

Interview by Kyra Steck I was born on Martha's Vineyard, actually. I grew up in Vineyard Haven. My mother is Black and my father is white, so I definitely grew up a little, you know ...

Dana Nunes, Beetlebung Corner activist

Interview by Kyra Steck For white people, there's no problem. Everything's fine, everything's fine. And you know what, compared to, I'd say a lot of places, but probably most places out there, it really isn't...

Isadora Brito: Moved to Martha’s Vineyard from Brazil

Interview by Kyra Steck My name is Isadora, I am 30 years old, and I was born in Brazil. I first moved to the U.S. when I was 9. I used to live in Boston,...

Sterling Bishop: Coach, volunteer, dad, husband

Interview by Kyra Steck My name is Sterling Bishop. I am not from the Island. I'm what you classify as a wash-ashore. I moved here about 15 years ago, and the reason I'm here is...

Lauryn Bond: From Tennessee to Martha’s Vineyard (and back)

Interview by Kyra Steck I'm not originally from the Island. I'm originally from Brownsville, Tenn., which is a really small town in Tennessee, predominantly Black. I moved to Martha's Vineyard in 2012. I was halfway...

Abigail McGrath: Her family has been in Oak Bluffs for generations

Interview by Kyra Steck Who is anybody, you know? And who is anybody at any point of time? So let’s just do the easy part. I’m the one of the ones that people talk about....

Lisette Williams: Here is my hope

Interview by Kyra Steck My name is Lisette Williams, and I have been coming to Martha's Vineyard since I was about 6 years old. It actually started with a group of my mom's friends and...

Malik Johnson: There was a change in the culture after 2016

Interview by Kyra Steck I’m Malik Johnson. I’m 24 years old, and I’m from Connecticut. I used to come here for two weeks every summer, starting when I was 12 or 13. Then when I...
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