30. HOW’D YOU DO IT?

By |2021-02-26T19:43:45+00:00February 24th, 2021|Lloyd Johnson|

None of us got where we are solely by pulling   ourselves up by our bootstraps.   We got here because somebody ….   bent down and helped us pick up our boots.    --Justice Thurgood Marshall    Lloyd, 5th grade. 1941 Midway through these essays, a dear Savannah friend, Ezra Merritt, referring to my early challenges -- beaten by teachers for minor infractions; bullied by Olly Sanders; and sleeping on a folding cot in my aunt’s kitchen, nights that left me feeling superfluous -- asked, “Lloyd, how’d you do it?” His seemingly simple question mirrored my own thoughts as I have been writing these essays.   How did I do it?   Well, I wasn’t alone, never alone.  Many people, knowingly and unknowingly, helped me pick up [...]