I was a black girl raised in the segregated South in the 1960s. It was a confusing period made more perplexing by my parents’ inability or unwillingness to answer my many questions about race. As a young adult, I realized that questioning the racial status quo in Alabama then was a futile endeavor for most older black folks. But our collective racial condition sparked a curiosity within me that led to a life-long quest to better understand our country’s history and struggle with racial issues. I have always been passionate about equal employment opportunities and mutual respect, and my enthusiasm evolved into a business interest that features diversity and inclusion initiatives and strategies. Bashen Corporation’s mission is to help employers effect meaningful, positive and permanent changes in the workplace.