Penny Whitaker hugs her mother, Caretha Whitaker, in 2000.
Penny Whitaker hugs her mother, Caretha Whitaker, in 2000. COURTESY OF PENNY WHITAKER
Penny Whitaker hugs her mother, Caretha Whitaker, in 2000. COURTESY OF PENNY WHITAKER

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