I Am Madison is a project of Madison365 and Madison Community Foundation. Funded by a grant in MCF’s Year of Giving, the project tells the stories of Madison’s history in the voice of young people of color. Over the next year, Madison365 Academy interns, recent Academy graduates and other young journalists will tell the untold stories of our city’s history.

Author Muriel Simms remembers living on Lake and Dayton streets as a little girl, where many students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison now reside....