2017 in Review

As proponent of history, I believe in the importance of looking back in order to inform how I move forward. With my birthday falling on December 30, end-of-the-year reflections are particularly poignant for me. Crafting a 2016 in Review post was a worthwhile endeavor, so here I am to look back at 2017. While this exercise feeds me personally, this post is also an “Annual Report” for you, my readers and supporters. May I continue to be transparent and accountable for the delicate lines I walk in my work towards collective liberation.

Darin Waters, professor of African American history with Ami Worthen
With Darin Waters, Ph.D.

2017 Clients
I am grateful to have worked with an amazing group of clients this year: Hood Huggers International (since 2015); Buncombe County (since 2016); Darin Waters, Ph.D. (since April); UNC Asheville African Americans in WNC and Southern Appalachia Conference; and YTL Training Program (since October). The services I provided included communications and administrative support, content creation, and event production assistance. It can be noted that I offer my services at a discounted rate to leaders of color.

2017 HIGHLIGHTS BY MONTH
Links to writings and key projects. 

January
Popular post: On Marches and Intersectionality
Urban News: The Next Generation Steps Up

February
Mountain Xpress: Randy Weston’s Musical Odyssey
Urban News: Black Male Professionals to Convene

March
Popular post: The Collective Narrative
Mountain Xpress: Existing While Black

April
Popular post: Movement
Urban News: A Positive Place for Connection

May Day Immigrant Rights Protest
With Vahisha Hasan and Marisol Jimenez at the May Day immigrant rights protest

May
Popular post: A Major Shift
Urban News: Mother to Mother
Mountain Xpress: Beyond Hava Nagila
Dynamic Arts Gallerie at FBRF (co-producer)

June
Popular blog post: 
Holding History
Ancestors in the Garden” (co-producer)

July
Popular blog post: Mid-year Musing

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With Elizabeth White and John Hayes after the WRES Banquet

August
Popular post: Want Diversity?
Alternate ROOTS Week (documentation team captain)
WRES Banquet Honoring John R. Hayes (co-producer)
Participated in SONG‘s Black August Bail Out

September
Popular post: When Our Babies Use Bullets
Launched darinwaters.com

October
Urban News: Cultural Identity (WRES and RAICES)
Mountain Xpress: Great is Thy Faithfulness
African Americans in WNC Conference (co-producer)

November
Popular post: Illuminating Immigration
Sheneika Smith elected to City Council (campaign assistance)
Buncombe County MARC Grant Video (co-producer)

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With Sheneika Smith’s youngest at her swearing in ceremony. Photo by Max Cooper.

December
Launched a Patreon page – thanks to my new and ongoing patrons for helping sustain my writing! My intention is to continue to expand the positive impact of my work. 

So that’s my 2017 Annual Report! I would love to hear what posts/articles/projects you found most compelling this year, and what types of things you’d like to read more about in 2018. You can post a comment below, or send me a private message.

Peace and happy new year. 

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