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New York Woman Has Vivid Memories Of Mississippi Childhood; Remembers The Day She Heard About Emmett Till

For Senetta Smith, the road to literacy has been long. Ms. Smith, 68, talked to news reporter Clyde Haberman of the New York Times about her hardscrabble childhood in a sharecropper family in rural Mississippi, toiling in the fields from sunup to sundown.

“As vivid as yesterday for her is the day in 1955 when a man came by on horseback to tell her parents about the vicious racist murder of Emmett Till in another part of Mississippi. He was her age: 14.”

Mr. Haberman reports: