26 February 2024 // Focus 45 & DEIA - Black History Month

In this session Sharon Crane, FICPI Deputy Secretary General and co-Chair of DEIA, is in discussion with Winifred Neisser.

In recognition of Black History Month in North America, FICPI Focus-45 and FICPI’s DEIA committee are thrilled to be in conversation with Winifred Neisser, Executive Director of the Angel City Chorale (semi-finalists in America’s Got Talent!) and former TV executive.  


Winifred will recount the story of her mother, Winifred Parker, and her sister, Frieda, who as black enrolees at Purdue University in 1946-47, were denied on-campus housing.  The Parker sisters fought all the way to the Indiana governor for the right to live on campus in previously segregated dorms at Purdue.  


In June of 2021, the Purdue Board of Trustees renamed the Griffin Residence Halls as the Parker Residence Halls in their honour.  Hear the story of the Parker sister’s battle to de-segregate housing at Purdue through Winifred’s also very accomplished daughter.