Special Section: Segregation Remembered

"Like most black Americans, my roots are in the South. " So writes TIME Atlanta Correspondent Jack White, 30, who reported on many of the stories in this issue before taking nine months'leave for a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard. Here is White's personal account of being brought up under segregation:

My father's father was born a slave somewhere near Savannah, Ga. My mother's father was the son of a white undertaker and his mulatto concubine in a small town in North Carolina.

Like many other blacks, my parents migrated North to find education and better opportunities. My father went to Howard University...

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