If we had to pick a theme for this issue, we would emphasize the links between the past, present, and future of Black politics. The three featured articles honor the legacy of a giant in the study of race and politics, provide a current, dynamic vision for our parent organization (NCOBPS), and present some of the newest in Black politics scholarship.

On March 13, 2021, the National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS) inaugurated Dr. Tiffany Willoughby-Herard of the University of California, Irvine, as its forty-first president. As is customary in other organizations’ flagship journals, we are pleased to publish a written transcript of Dr. Willoughby-Herard’s remarks. We hope that this is the beginning of a venerable tradition in the National Review of Black Politics.

In addition to hailing the present, we honor our past in this issue with a reflection on the scholarship of Lucius Jefferson Barker (1928–2020),...

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