David Healey was a part of the first Indiana University South Bend Freedom Summer class in the summer of 2000. Fifteen students toured the southern U.S. to learn how the civil rights movement unfolded there. It changed the student's lives. Two of them decided to start a South Bend civil rights center, and they asked David to join.
David got to work researching the history of the civil rights movement here. Among all the stories they uncovered, one of the most impactful was that of a once segregated South Bend swimming pool. With help from Gladys Muhammad, in May of 2010, the Natatorium was transformed into a new home for the Civil Rights Heritage Center.
Four months before that important day, David and Gladys sat down with IU South Bend student Sara Lowe. They spoke about the Center’s humble beginnings, and how their work has helped share a history that might have otherwise been forgotten.
Want to learn more about South Bend’s history? View the photographs and documents that helped create it. Visit Michiana Memory at http://michianamemory.sjcpl.org/.
Title music, “History Explains Itself,” from Josh Spacek. Visit his page on the Free Music Archive, http://www.freemusicarchive.org/.