It is always helpful to look backward as one moves forward. Changes in my job, changes in my personal life as my mother ages, changes in the world, all seem to demand that I take some time to reflect. It is fortunate that while working as an Assistant Professor of anthropology at my alma mater, Grinnell College, I was asked to contribute to the institution’s sesquicentennial issue of reminiscences. What I contributed was an excerpt from the talk that I gave to the graduating Black seniors, class of 1995. It was my last semester at Grinnell, and my words to them were about my struggles as a student at Grinnell, many of which they also had endured. I also spoke about what it meant to be the first African American alumni (and I believe the first woman alumni) to have been hired as a faculty member. The ranks were filled with white male alumni but no women, and absolutely no minority alumni, of which there were few. The Grinnell College Blue Book was published in 1996 for the Sesquicentennial. Even back then I was thinking about Legacymaking. Click here to read more.