“When I was growing up, the emphasis was on being able to get a job.”

In the early 1940s, Herman and Sidney Blake were growing up just outside New York City.

Their mother had seven children to raise, and making ends meet wasn’t easy.

At StoryCorps, Herman talked about how poverty shaped their outlook on life.

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Recorded in New York City, New York
Music Info: "Mannenberg Revisited" by Abdullah Ibrahim from the Album A Celebration
Produced by Katie Simon with Jud Esty-Kendall
Facilitated by Jud Esty-Kendall
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