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Documentary Editing: Journal of the Association for Documentary Editing, Volume 30, Fall and Winter, Numbers 3 and 4: 2008-2009 ISSN 0196-7134


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I began attending the annual ADE conference on a regular basis in 2000. Since then, I have often wondered how many of you have been aware of my distinction? The lone black in a sea of white. Not the first, of course, just the lone one. Nevertheless, I have always reveled in my distinction, even though, to be truthful, I would have welcomed some company. My distinction, I am sure, has been due to the reality that I am one of just a tiny handful of black documentary editors, which has been the result of a combination of factors. I will touch on these very shortly. Suffice it to say that I was therefore most happy when Cathy Moran Hajo asked me to participate on this panel and to address the issue of African American history and editing projects in an attempt to develop a greater awareness about a significant gap in this area of documentary editing. I therefore accepted the invitation to participate on this panel, which is designed to “make people think” about the progress that has been made since the 1974 report by Edgar Topping, entitled, “Special Advisory Committee on Publication of the Papers of Blacks.”