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#324: The Best Articles Of 2021 🏆🏆

The Highlighter
Here it is, loyal readers – the last issue of the year. I’m trying to figure out where the whole year went. (If you know the answer, please let me know!)
Thanks to your unwavering support, The Highlighter has come out every week, offering you 200 thought-provoking articles and podcast episodes on race, education, and culture. I’ve tried to share with you only the best pieces, from a variety of publications, that will nourish your mind and heart.
Your time is valuable. That’s why I’m so appreciative that you come back Thursday after Thursday. Whether you’re a new subscriber, or you’ve subscribed since the beginning, I am very grateful.
Now it’s time to reveal the four best articles of the year! Are you sufficiently ready for fanfare? Or do you already know all the winners and want to keep mum, smug with your keen ability to get inside my article-judging mind?
I’m really pleased with this year’s winners. The selection process was rigorous. After scanning all 200 pieces, I chose 13 semifinalists, reread them all, and then winnowed the list down to the best of the best. They’re outstanding, and I hope you enjoy (re)reading them. If you’re moved, I’d love to hear which one is your favorite.
A happy break and holiday to you. See you in the new year! And one more time: Thank you for your readership.

Twelve Minutes And A Life
His Name Was Emmett Till
One Family’s Struggle To Make Sense of 9/11
Good Mother: Custody And Care In The Shadow Of Colonization
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Mark Isero
Mark Isero @iserotope

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