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Urban Roots is a podcast that tells little known stories of urban history, highlighting the stories of women, people of color, and other marginalized groups in an effort to preserve, remember, and hear their important perspectives, contributions, and lessons. Urban Roots is a collaboration between Deqah Hussein-Wetzel, a Somali-American historic preservationist based in Cincinnati, and Vanessa Quirk, a cities journalist and podcaster based in New York City.
Check out Deqah's first podcast, Deeply Rooted Heritage!
In January 2021, Urban Roots was honored to be awarded a Truth & Reconciliation Grant from Artswave to develop a special series exploring the unique African American histories of three Cincinnati neighborhoods: Avondale, Evanston, and South Cumminsville.
This series, titled, Communities of Color: Lost Voices of Cincinnati combines oral histories from long-time Black residents with expert interviews and archival audio. This audio documentary seeks to uncover patterns of wrongdoing, preserve memory, and give voice to those whose stories have been forgotten or ignored.