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Evicted sharecropper and child, New Madrid County, Missouri

U.S. Child of sharecropper cultivating cotton, New Madrid County, Missouri, 1938

Children of plantation sharecropper Lonnie Fair preparing food on wood stove in sparsely furnished shack. 1936...not to long ago...

Slave master's children conceived by slaves posed for Porch Portrait in Georgia in 1899

Vintage African American photo of children posing for the camera.

African American Children by Black History Album, via Flickr

Children of the Mississippi Delta, 1936 by Black History Album, via Flickr

Tererai Trent, PhD, is a Zimbabwean-American woman who was not allowed to go to school as a child because she was female. Tererai was forced to marry at age 11. By age 18, she was the mother of three. "When my husband realized that I wanted to have an education, he would beat me." In 2009, happily remarried Trent earned her doctorate; her thesis looked at HIV/AIDS prevention programs for women and girls in sub-Saharan Africa.