Not really. This is what I know.

My mother got pregnant with my older sister Shannon, she says, the first time she had sex, and for the most part I believe her. Mom was 17. It was 1956 and she had to drop out of school. She lived with my Grandmother and Grandma told her if she got pregnant again she would have to leave.

In 1961 Mom got pregnant with me and true to her word, Grandma told her to leave. My father’s parents lived down the street from Mom and Grandma, but he didn’t live with his parents; Dad had his own place.

They never lived together. Dad would come over and stay awhile and then after a week or so go back to his own apartment.

I heard this question in an interview with Anna Deveare Smith by Bill Moyers.

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