Judge Olly Neal grew up in Arkansas during the ’50s and didn’t care much for high school. One day he cut class and wandered into the library. It’s there he came across a book by African-American author Frank Yerby. The provocative cover peeked his interest, but Olly had a rough-and-tumble reputation to uphold. So rather than checkout the book and have his classmates see he was voluntarily reading, he stole it.
He came to StoryCorps to tell his daughter Karama Neal about what happened next.
Originally aired on October 2, 2009, on NPR’s Morning Edition.