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February 18, 2023

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My visit to Atlanta was a fruitful one. I interviewed Joseph, a second house guest at the Airbnb. He is an amazing guy who may have leads for me when I get to Memphis. I also met a minister and got his point of view on the country’s future, given how divided we seem to be. He said he would ask someone who had a great story if he wanted to be interviewed.

I did the customary city walking and got all the photos I needed. One of my pictures came from Morehouse College, the Historically Black College and University. While there, I engaged with one female and one male student in a thirty-minute discussion about the country’s future. I asked them to put a value on the severity of our divisiveness, with 1 being virtually non-existent and 10 being a replay of the 1840s and 1850s. Their verdicts were 8 and 9. Both felt that increased social unrest was on the horizon.

I unsuccessfully tried to engage the leading newspaper in Atlanta by playing up my success in Richmond, Virginia. I will not give up on that as I continue my journey. Finally, I found Joseph to be such a remarkable man that I gave a complete account of my story for the first time. It lasted 90 minutes, and, like other interviewees, I found it cathartic.

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