Episode 1: Growing Up Black In Alabama
Our teller for this episode grew up in Alabama during the civil rights movement. Mrs. Dorothy Wright shares stories about her family, what it was like growing up during segregation in the south, and her opinion on racism today.
About the Teller
Mrs. Dorothy Wright, who goes by the name “Do Wright”, is the widow of a Vietnam Veteran. She has 4 children, 2 grandchildren, and 9 siblings. She was born and raised in Lanett, Alabama during the 1940s. Mrs. Do Wright attended Stillman College and Temple University but later moved to Chicago where she worked for over 30 years at the U.S Post Office. Twenty of those years, she worked as a supervisor.
She tells stories of her father, Abraham Stiggers, and also passes down stories he had shared with her.
Her mother and her role growing up
What she knew of her ancestors
Story at the Dentist Office
How she was treated by a white dentist
Issues with racism today
Comparing R. Kelly to Elvis Presley marrying a teenage girl
Here are some additional clips from the interview with Mrs. Dorothy Wright that were not included in our original podcast.
“Make sure their kids have a father and mother figure that are good role models but believe reading books is the best education”.
– Dorothy Wright