Alison Fensterstock

Growing up on the outskirts of Como, Mississippi, a town of only slightly more than 1,000 souls, there wasn't much to do – particularly not, during the years of Jim Crow and shortly after — for black girls like cousins Ester Mae Wilbourn and Della Daniels. After school, they did the chores of country life: gathering wood, bringing in water. They played games with other young relatives and neighbors in the backyard. And they listened to the radio.