This issue reports on personal journeys. Our feature article about Terri Sewell ’86 describes the path that took Sewell from Selma, Ala.; to Princeton, Oxford, and Harvard; and finally back home. In November, that trip made history, as she became the first black woman to be elected to Congress from Alabama. Sewell’s victory party was held at Selma’s St. James Hotel at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge: the spot where hundreds of peaceful civil rights marchers were attacked with billy clubs and tear gas on March 7, 1965, and where on March 21 of that year, about 3,200 marchers set out toward Montgomery. Five months later, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law.
Richard Morse ’79 also has traveled far, to the place that was his mother’s home and now is his: Haiti. Over the years, Morse has become a leading figure in his adopted country. He’s a musician for whom songs are political protest, and a hotel manager who provided shelter and crucial information during last January’s earthquake. PAW contributor Dan Grech ’99 spent four days with Morse, chronicling his personal and spiritual journey.
Days after our Nov. 17 issue went to press with an article about Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy, Ed Felten — the director — was named chief technologist at the Federal Trade Commission. Though disappointed the news came too late for our report, we can say we knew all along that Professor Felten and his center were on to something big.
— Marilyn H. Marks *86