“Fulcrum—the point or support on which a lever pivots; an agent through which vital powers are exercised.” This was the definition I used in the Prologue to describe, in a nutshell, the scope and extent of Joan Myers Brown’s influence. I return to this description in closing this finite study of an ongoing tradition and the woman who is in the driver’s seat. The path she travels, like all human endeavor, is neither straight nor narrow, but a long, wide, winding, often bumpy road. In fact, as Vanessa Thomas Smith pointed out in our interview, JB manifests a

sensibility in life of understanding that our path is very circular. Our interactions with each other, with our careers…but eventually, your paths will cross again: to me a very Afrocentric sensibility in understanding our life cycle and the cycle of things.


Human Endeavor Board Chair Vital Power Black Teenager Bumpy Road 
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