The Mysterious Life of Henrietta Baker

A GREAT-GREAT-GRANDDAUGHTER’S MUSING When genetic technology tells you you’re not who you’ve always been told you are, somebody’s got some ‘splainin’ to do. No, my daddy is my father and my mama is my mother. Like most genealogical quandaries, mine goes much deeper than that. It, like many African-American familial …


A Reflection at 60* Sixty years ago yesterday just one woman made just one decision that imprinted far more than just one person—not only has it informed my path my entire life, but also it’s deeply affected many in my extended family. For apparently just one reason (incompetence or racism: …

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