First, your hair is beautiful, and I'm frankly jealous. Before I retired, I had to wash mine every dang day to even be able to style it. And I really envied Georgia, our black admin, her braids. She looked like a goddess. And she was 5' 8" to my 5' 2."

Most of the black women I know ARE articulate and well-spoken and a pleasure to talk to. And no, they don't "sound white." Most have voices with a rich, evocative timbre that sounds musical even when we're just talking.

You are changing the world, one person at a time, every time you challenge someone's perception of what a black person is. A woman, a human being, and a fine writer. Thank you for the article.

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I'm a gleefully retired nuclear engineer, wife, mother and (new) grandmother. We live in Arizona in a rural neighborhood. I retired early to write and travel.

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Kathleen Renee Parrish

Kathleen Renee Parrish

I'm a gleefully retired nuclear engineer, wife, mother and (new) grandmother. We live in Arizona in a rural neighborhood. I retired early to write and travel.