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A Year of Extremes


What an incredible year! A year of almost inconceivable highs, and lows that bore down into our very beings, the time since we met last October has filled us with high hopes as well as dark fears. These conflicted realities are reflected both in our lives and in our work. For most BCTS members, indeed, for most Americans, the election of our first African American president was one of the most significant moments of our lives. I’ll never forget when Obama was declared victor shortly after 11:00 pm EST on November 4, 2008. As late as it was, I picked up the telephone and called my close friends, many of whom were in tears when they answered. We were ecstatic, and wondered to ourselves if this just might be the signal that the U.S. heritage of structured, entrenched racism was beginning to fade away. It didn’t take long for us to find out that the face of racism may have changed, but it was far from gone.


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