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StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives.

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12:57am

Fri June 1, 2012
StoryCorps

When Mom Is Right, And Tells Police They're Wrong

Originally published on Fri June 1, 2012 11:28 am

Robert Holmes, 67, is a professor at Rutgers University.
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When Robert Holmes' parents moved to Edison, N.J., in 1956, they were one of the first African-American families to integrate the neighborhood.

"After we'd moved to Edison, there was a resentment that we had broken into the community," Holmes says.

Even at the age of 13, Holmes felt the animosity. The neighborhood had a private swim club that opened up to anyone who participated in the Memorial Day parade. Holmes was in the band.

"I arrived at the pool on Memorial Day having marched in the parade with my uniform still on, and they called the police," he says.

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4:34am

Sun May 27, 2012
National Teachers Initiative

Hard Lessons Follow Rocky Start For Chicago Teacher

Originally published on Sun May 27, 2012 7:39 am

Tyrese Graham teaches science at John Marshall Metropolitan High School in Chicago.
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Tyrese Graham is a second-year science teacher at John Marshall Metropolitan High School on the West Side of Chicago. When he started teaching there, Marshall was among the worst public schools in the city.

When Graham walked into his first class, he could hardly speak over the noise of the students. He tried to make a point by not talking.

"I'll let you finish, but realize, every moment that I'm not talking and providing you instruction, you guys will be giving that back to me," he told them.

Graham's remarks were met with a sharp rebuke from one of his students.

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9:09pm

Thu May 17, 2012
StoryCorps

Love At First Punch: Still Going Strong After 75 Years

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 2:49 pm

The Dubrow's Cafeteria on Eastern Parkway in New York, circa 1945. Van and Shirley Harris were regulars at the restaurant, along with a colorful cast of characters.
Brian Merlis and Eve Lyons

Van Harris and his wife, Shirley, grew up in the same Brooklyn neighborhood. They lived about a block away from each other. At StoryCorps, they talked of how they first met — 75 years ago.

Van, 87, recalls the day that he first noticed Shirley, 85.

"I met her when she was about 10 years old, and she was beating up a couple of guys," he says. "The boys had taken her hat off her head, and they were tossing it around."

Shirley kept asking the boys to give her hat back, but they wouldn't do it.

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9:17pm

Thu May 10, 2012
StoryCorps

A Mother And Son, And 'The Good Side Of Things'

Originally published on Fri May 11, 2012 6:11 am

Dennis McLaughlin interviewed his mom, Theresa, at StoryCorps in Portland, Maine, to thank her for how she raised him.
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Dennis McLaughlin interviewed his mom, Theresa, to thank her for how she raised him. Born in 1948 with spina bifida, he was missing several vertebrae and was unable to use his legs. Theresa was a single mom, working in a paper mill near Portland, Maine.

"When you were 1 year old, your grandfather McLaughlin built you a little wheelchair," Theresa says, "built it out of wood that he had and wheels from a tricycle, and you got around in that very, very well."

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1:03am

Fri May 4, 2012
StoryCorps

Remembering A Grandfather's 'Best Gift'

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 7:57 am

Vicente Domingo Villa grew up on the ranches of South Texas.
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Ricardo Isaias Zavala comes from a long line of vaqueros — cowboys who worked the ranches of Southeast Texas in the 19th and 20th centuries. That tradition stopped with his grandfather — but in the Zavala family, parts of it live on.

Ricardo's grandfather's name was Vicente Domingo Villa. His family moved from ranch to ranch, looking for work. Most of the ranches were in the scrubland of South Texas, east of Laredo.

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