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When Russell Goings was a little boy, he shined shoes on Wall Street. He looked up to the stock brokers and vowed to be one some day. When his teachers told him there were no black stock brokers - he proved them wrong. Goings became the first black branch manager of a New York Stock Exchange firm and the owner of the first African American brokerage firm to have a seat on the exhange. The former pro football player has finished his first book at the age of 77, The Children of Children Keep Coming, which explores the history of African Americans through an "epic griot song". Goings joined us to talk about his poetry and his life.