Robert L. Carter was born in Caryville, Florida in 1917. He and his family migrated out of South to the North in the Great migration. His father worked in a factory, but he dies when Robert was a year old. His mother did not have the opportunity to went to school for a long time, however she found a way to gain money. She became a clothes washer for white’s families.
His mother was very afraid that her daughters were going to get involve with a bad man. When he was 12 his older sister married a Young man, who owned a bar in Linden, NJ. Even when she was married she never forget about her family, and so she helps them get a better house. He used to believe that his sister was part of a fairy tale story where a poor girl married a rich man. His mother was very happy that his daughter found a good boy for herself!
When he was in six grade, there were two sweet little girls in his class, and the two girls were best friends. But one day the two girls got a discussion, and the white little girl told the teacher. The teacher was mean to both girls, she says “Whites have to be with whites and Blacks with Blacks, they can’t be friends with each other”. He was very sad because the Blacks could not be with whites.