"How did you get by?"

Jerry Johnson interviews his mother, Carrie Conley, about raising six children as a single mother.
Recorded in Detroit, Michigan
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Jerry Johnson interviews his mother, Carrie Conley, about raising six children as a single mother.
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Jonah Engle

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Angels & Mentors
Griot
Struggle

"We went down there in a Pullman..."

Leon May, who fought as a Marine in World War II, tells his daughter about leaving for basic training.
Recorded in Detroit, Michigan
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Leon May, who fought as a Marine in World War II, tells his daughter about leaving for basic training.
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Nadja Middleton

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Griot
Military
Struggle
Witness

"I said, 'Is this going to actually be me?'"

Nzingha Masani tells her friend, Noah Hairston, about receiving her name at an African naming ceremony.
Recorded in Detroit, Michigan
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Nzingha Masani tells her friend, Noah Hairston, about receiving her name at an African naming ceremony.
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Nadja Middleton

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Discovery
Griot
Identity

"None of us looked like our mom; but everybody knew we belonged to her husband."

Yvonne Logan Jones (L) and her sister Ola Mae Logan Allen remember their parents, who migrated north in the 1940s.
Recorded in Detroit, Michigan
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Yvonne Logan Jones (L) and her sister Ola Mae Logan Allen remember their parents, who migrated north in the 1940s.
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Growing Up

"He saw this country boy, took me over to the sideā€”he didn't want to embarrass me."

Larry Young (L) tells his friend Clyde Cleveland about trying to register for college in the early 1940s.
Recorded in Detroit, Michigan
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Larry Young (L) tells his friend Clyde Cleveland about trying to register for college in the early 1940s.
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Angels & Mentors
Griot