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Editor's Note [Excerpt] The United States, as a society, is on the brink of profound and positive change. Demographically and culturally, things are improving, and the reason is obvious to people who study history: Conflict pushes us to be better, to strive for principled goals. Consider the inspired eco-advocacy of Greta Thunberg. Or the swearing in of most diverse class of lawmakers in history into the 116th Congress. Or billionaire Robert F. Smith’s pledge to pay off every Morehouse College (in Atlanta, Georgia) student’s debt. Indeed, there are many good people helping and great moments happening in spite of a bleak 24-hour news cycle designed to ruin happiness and to limit our understanding of our human potential. We at Witness see this yearning for transformation in the works we selected. The doorway must be crossed, and the voices and characters we featured in our Winter 2019 issue stand at the vestibule, ready for the light to warm them, primed to fight for that necessary illumination.
Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute
Las Vegas, Nevada
Social change; Literature
Creative Writing | English Language and Literature
Ben-Abba, Amitai; Bond, Bruce; Canon, Dakota; EGlin, Laura Cesarco; Finegan, Kate; Greenberg, Miriam Bird; Kercheval, Jesse Lee; Krebs, Josef; Krieg, Brandon; Lee, Cody; Mok, Zining; Noel, Aimee; Petersen, Martha; Polonskaya, Anzhelina; Quotah, Eman; Raymond, Tim; Rosaler, Maxine; Rzicznek, F. Daniel; Severo, Fabian; Silberman, Sarah Mollie; Thompson, Jean; Weelerbacon, Amber; Whitcomb, Amy A.; Wilkinson, Caroline; Winet, Kristin; and Wright, Carolyne, "Witness: The Modern Writer as Witness" (2019). Witness. 1.
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