StoryCorps: A Father Answers Tough Questions From His Ba In 2015, then-9-year-old Aiden Sykes asks his father, Albert, some of the heavy questions — and gets some meaningful words in return. "My dream is for you to live out your dreams," Albert tells him.
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Encore: A Black Father Answers Tough Questions From His Son

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Encore: A Black Father Answers Tough Questions From His Son

Encore: A Black Father Answers Tough Questions From His Son

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This episode of StoryCorps originally aired in 2015.

At StoryCorps, Aiden Sykes, then 9, asked his father, Albert, some of the heavy questions on his mind, including why they attend civil rights demonstrations together. Albert said he worries about bringing up his black son in a society where the odds are stacked against him simply because of his race.

"My dream is for you to live out your dreams," Albert said.

Albert Sykes fielded questions from his son, Aiden, at StoryCorps in Jackson, Miss. StoryCorps hide caption

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Albert Sykes fielded questions from his son, Aiden, at StoryCorps in Jackson, Miss.

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Audio produced for Morning Edition by Von Diaz.

StoryCorps is a national nonprofit that gives people the chance to interview friends and loved ones about their lives. These conversations are archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, allowing participants to leave a legacy for future generations. Learn more, including how to interview someone in your life, at StoryCorps.org.