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StoryCorps Griot: Childhood Weighed Down

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Johnnie Tyson, (left), and her niece Sandra Fleming, (right) Courtesy StoryCorps Griot hide caption

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In today's installment of the StoryCorps Griot initiative, we hear from Johnnie Tyson and her niece, Sandra Fleming.

The two sat down during a StoryCorps stop in Little Rock, Ark., and Tyson talked to her niece about growing up obese.

Tyson — who is 82 years old — went on to work as an educator for nearly three decades.

The Story Corps Griot Booth is currently in Mississippi. All the Griot Initiative recordings are archived at the Library of Congress. A copy of each interview will also go to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

This segment was produced by Katie Simon. Senior Producer for StoryCorps is Michael Garofalo.



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