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Albert Wright and Annemarie Hamlin discuss structural racism and white privilege.
Racial issues and tensions have been on full display since the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25. As demands for racial justice increase we're taking time to listen to two community members about their lived experiences, from both the privileged and disadvantaged side of the issue.
Albert Wright moved from Oceanside California to Bend in March of 1975 seeking a new beginning for his family. He began working for UPS in 1978 as a driver. Two years later, he was promoted to supervisor. During his employment at UPS he served as the first Black Region Engineering Manager, the first Black Engineering Coordinator, and Global Engineering Manager. Throughout his career, Albert consistently gave of his time to organizations that helped others. He sat on the boards of United Way, Big Brothers Big Sisters and CASA. He also served as board chair for the Family Connection Partnership of Georgia serving needy children and families throughout the state. Albert is married to his wife of 37 years, Denise. Together they have five daughters and three grandchildren. Albert and Denise retired and returned to Bend in 2008.
Annemarie Hamlin is an Instructional Dean at Central Oregon Community College in Bend, Oregon. Formerly a faculty member, she taught first-year composition, technical writing, and African-American, Asian-American and other American literatures. Active in campus diversity initiatives, she received COCC's Diversity Achievement Award in 2018 for making "valuable contributions to [the] campus community in a way that supports and fosters a respectful and inclusive multicultural environment." Annemarie and her partner have two college-age daughters and live in Bend.