Ken Smith looked up to his Aunt Willie Burke Anderson his entire life.
Anderson was a French and English teacher at Lincoln High School and a world traveler who lived in many countries. It was unique for a Black woman in the ’60s to experience the world as she had, Smith says.
“She was just so dynamic,” Smith says. “We kids would just be so excited when Willie Burke came to the house. She was very down–to–earth, very practical.”
Smith’s aunt passed away in 2010. A few years later, Smith found pictures of her, and other members of his family, at his grandmother’s house. Although these pictures were not new to him, rediscovering them exhilarated him and reminded him how
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