Podcast from WBUR in Boston discusses life of Winston Willis, prominent Cleveland businessman
Winston Willis. Have you heard the name?
Chances are the answer is 'no', and that's ok. In fact, it help illustrates the point for today's program.
Winston Willis was a prominent African American businessman, here in Cleveland, in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. He was wealthy, owned many properties on the city's east side, and employed hundreds of other Black Clevelanders. But in a flash, all of that disappeared.
His story has become the focus of a podcast from WBUR, Boston's NPR station. The podcast series 'Last Seen' specifically focuses on people, places, and things - that have gone missing including the story of Winston.
Today on the Sound of Ideas, we'll learn more about the story of Winston Willis, from producers involved in the 'Last Seen' podcast.
And maybe we'll glean more as to WHY his story has been at the least forgotten, ignored, or most likely, covered up.
Ajah Hales, a local writer and race educator joins us, as well as Nora Saks, a producer from WBUR who helped with the story.
- Ajah Hales, Writer, Race Educator and Host, “Last Seen” podcast
- Nora Saks, Podcast Producer, WBUR