Now, we could get about living the life we've imagined.
The '80s were frantic because our careers were in high gear. Writing about the '80s and '90s is going to be difficult because there was so much going on. Perhaps I'll just do tidbits.
At the beginning of the '80s I was working as Coordinator of Staff Development and Multicultural Education for the Ann Arbor Public Schools. In the middle of the decade I left the Ann Arbor Schools and was working at Eastern Michigan University in the Student Teaching Office.
My husband was Director of the Program for Educational Opportunity at the University of Michigan. In the late '80s, he was promoted to Vice Provost at the University and our lives and experiences would soar. (More about that later.)
Our hours were long because most workshops took place after school. We downgraded to one car, (couldn't afford two with those college bills) didn't take any vacations, and bought very little for ourselves.
Both of us also traveled as consultants so we did stay on the road. NABSE (The National Alliance of Black School Educators) was growing and we were active, he as Founder, (NABSE was an outgrowth of his dissertation) and me as Historian. This meant traveling not only to the National meetings but also to local meetings as there were now over 100 affiliate chapters all over the USA, Canada, several Caribbean Islands, and in Germany.
However, in the 2000s, many factors contributed to the decline of what should have been a stellar organization. I won't go into the reasons, but NABSE was important because it was the biggest focus of our life during the '80s and now it is our biggest disappointment.
Our life has been full. We've soared with the eagles and fought with the chickens.