Emmett Till

Memoirs by seniors offer lessons worth sharing

Before the advanced degrees, money, and accolades, he was just a kid growing up farming cotton with seven siblings, his mother, and his father, who was the son of an ex-slave in Mississippi. Benjamin Nero grew up just miles away in Mississippi from where teenager Emmett Till was beaten to death. Born in 1937, Nero was a high school football star who played in college and was recruited to play professionally. He remains close with childhood friend Morgan Freeman, the award-winning actor. Nero was also the first African American to graduate from Albert Einstein Hospital's residency program in orthodontics. He built successful dental practices in greater Philadelphia and New Jersey and...