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Black in Blue Carmen Best: Lessons for All

On Sunday, September 19 at 11:39 AM I sent a text:

“Hey hot trotting Mama! I just preordered my copy.  Let’s discuss a book party.  I’d love to host you for my crew. xo Dana”

She responded:

“Dana, thank you so much! I would absolutely love it!

So, last Thursday, October 28, my living room was transformed into a meeting hall where vaccinated friends eagerly packed in to hear from the Best herself, Carmen Best read from Black in Blue; Lessons on Leadership, Breaking Barriers, and Racial Reconciliation.  University Book Store set up shop and we sold out of the 100 copies they had on hand.

As a life-long Seattle resident, I paid witness to the chaos that erupted in 2020.  I watched as our police precinct on 12th Avenue was under siege. The Capitol Hill Occupied Protest or the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP), originally Free Capitol Hill and later the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ), was an occupation protest and self-declared autonomous zone in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, Washington.

We waited in fear and distress as the graffiti, homeless crisis, and riots left long standing businesses  on the edge, some unfortunately did not withstand, and our  Mayor said, “Let’s make it a summer of love.” All the while,  people were murdered.  Large demographics called to defund the police, while crime continued to be on the rise. As evidenced by George Floyd’s murder, the police department needed evaluation and stronger accountability. But after Seattle City Council voted to reduce funds to this department, in Best own words, this “demoralized cops and fueled crime.”

As I read Carmen’s book, I am humbled by her poise, dedication, and commitment to survive and thrive under the most unpredictable crisis our city has known.  Carmen’s grace under fire can only be described as first lady Michelle Obama wrote, “When they go low, we go high.”

I hope you get out today and Rock that vote, so we can truly return to real Summer of Love! And in the meantime, read Black in Blue available wherever books are sold!

Black in Blue: Lessons on Leadership, Breaking Barriers, and Racial Reconciliation: Best, Carmen: 9781400230617: Amazon.com: Books

Special thanks to all my friends who supported this launch!

With special gratitude to Leslie Coaston for the Veuve Clicquot, Linda Lowry for the designer cookies, and Bibi Restaurant for the delicious catering! And Carmen’s besties, Salisa Wood for flying in from Atlanta and Pat Hayes one of Carmen’s cherished mentors for being present.