“Only the Black Woman can say ‘when and where I enter in the quiet undisputed dignity of my womanhood without violence and without suing or special patronage then and there the whole Negro race enters with me.’”

-Anna Julia Cooper

First, I want to thank every Black woman on this campus. We lead, we create spaces, we become. I would quite literally not be here, taking up space in the ways that I have been able to, without the friends, faculty, and staff who look at me as a reflection of themselves. We carry multitudes. When I see a Black woman on campus, crafting storms and conquering -- I see an extension of myself. This is what I wish we can foster and invest in. A community that thrives off of collective wins, and grows continually. We all have so much to give, that sometimes we don’t know where to start. This issue came from nothing. We were all spent. But Black women showed up, popped out, and we made this for you.

—Christell Victoria Roach, Editor-in-Chief

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Bryan Stevenson and Anthony Ray Hinton Speak at Emory University: An Evening I Will Never Forget

Before social justice activist, lawyer, and award-winning author Bryan Stevenson ever arrived at Emory University, his presence was strongly felt on campus. His book Just Mercy was this year’s selection for Emory’s Common Reading Program; Emory sponsored numerous trips to The Legacy Museum and The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, both of which Stevenson founded; and Stevenson and Just Mercy were topics of discussion in many Emory classes, a fact that I can personally attest to.

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Cognitive Dissonance

I was a psychology major. I didn’t particularly like my classes, and I often wish I would’ve switched to sociology or English or linguistics or really anything else, but I stuck with psychology.  As a result, I find myself in this constant feedback loop between theory and practice. I apply psychological theories to my 7th grade students, to my 50-something year-old parents, to my 18 year-old brother, to my 20-and-30-something year old peers, and (if you know me, you saw this coming) to myself. I’m constantly trying to make sense of human behavior. I think understanding our psychological motivations gives me a little more hope for humanity. And somehow, it makes me feel like I have more control, too.

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