When Ethel Reid was born in Alabama, the south was still segregated. It was 1944, and black people had to take a literacy test before they could register to vote.
A few weeks ago, Ethel Reid visited the StoryCorps booth at the Chicago Cultural Center with her daughter Latoya, who asked her mom to compare her experiences today to what she saw and felt when she was growing up in the South.
StoryCorps’ mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to share, record and preserve their stories. These excerpts, edited by WBEZ, present some of our favorites from current visits, as well as from previous trips.