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A dream denied

Make no mistake about it, 53-year-old Shade “Ben” Johnson is of the land. Born into the thriving African-American farm community of 1950s Tillery, N.C., Johnson grew up in the fields of a 44-acre plot, harvesting peanuts and corn alongside his mother, uncle and brothers. Upon his mother’s death in 1974, he and his brother, Milton, […]