A son of a slave reflects on his American story

A son of a slave reflects on his American story

Washington (AFP) - At 88, Dan Smith has witnessed some of the defining moments in America's fraught battle for racial equality.He protested in Alabama, marched on Washington with Martin Luther King Jr, and attended the inauguration of the first black president, Barack Obama.He also represents a living link to the nation's dark past: his father Abram was born a slave, 157 years ago.As a boy, his elderly father told chilling stories: about the "hanging tree" where slaves were lynched, and the master who forced a slave to lick a wagon wheel. The man lost part of his tongue when it froze to the st...


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