'Ghosts' a story of family, home

Why this is a deeply personal story of integration, family and home

Updated: October 30, 2012, 12:56 PM ET
By Wright Thompson | ESPN.com

OXFORD, Miss. -- One of my most prized possessions is a pair of cufflinks my late father left me, gold with the seal of the State of Mississippi. I often wear the cufflinks symbolically, both as a way of allowing him to be present at important moments in my life, and as a way of honoring the beautiful, flawed state where I was born, and the place I've chosen to make my home. To me, those ideas -- of family, and of home -- are inexorably wound together, much like the stories of the integration ...

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