In 1955, John L. Black, Sr. started his job as a janitor for the Cincinnati public school system. He regularly put in 16-hour days to provide for his wife and eleven children. At StoryCorps, his son Samuel talks with his wife, Edda Fields-Black, about his father's lasting legacy and the power of a look.

Funding Provided by:
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
National Endowment for the Arts

In partnership with POV.

Special thanks to Cincinnati Public Schools.

Directed by: The Rauch Brothers
Art Direction: Bill Wray
Producers: Lizzie Jacobs & Mike Rauch
Animation: Tim Rauch
Audio Produced by: Michael Garofalo & Nadia Reiman
Music: Fredrik
Label: The Kora Records
Publisher: House of Hassle

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