Happy New Year!

My deep appreciation to all who supported Black Wide-Awake during the craziness that was 2020.

Black Wide-Awake has been both inspiration and consolation this year as the joys and sorrows of the ancestors lent valuable perspective to my own.

The deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbury, and George Floyd gave urgency to the critical importance of documenting Black Lives. Of calling our people’s names, resurrecting their memory, and ensuring they are never again forgotten. They matter. We matter.

And even as it seemed to bend the world out if its frame, the coronavirus pandemic could not stop virtual connection, and I am grateful for likes, comments, shares, tips, corrections, general feedback, and, especially, supportive new friendships.  Despite all, 2020 is the year that Lane Street Project gained an army.

Here’s to 2021’s journey! I’m glad you’re with me. 

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Some 2020 stats:

 660 posts

 172,391 views (an increase of 83% from 2019!!!)

64,139 visitors (from 102 countries and territories)

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Top 5 most popular posts:

strung-from-a-tree-and-shot-to-death

she-look-at-a-hog

james-scarborough-house

rest-in-peace-roderick-taylor-jr

cemetery-records-request-update-no-5-the-citys-response

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Some of my favorites (not among the Top 5, and in no order):

the-suitcase-held-one-photo-album

photos-of-the-colored-graded-and-independent-schools

cemetery-update-no-2-ownership

langston-hughes-speaks-for-negro-history-week

a-thank-you-and-an-invitation

the-removal-of-graves-from-oakdale-cemetery

employees-of-wainwright-foundry

the-vick-school-grandmothers-sponsor-free-lunch

mitchell-school

a-branch-of-toisnot-swamp

 

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