Was I really a token black? Going through photos taken on past jobs I have had I saw myself as one of several people of color but the only African American in most. When I heard the expression ‘token black’ I was actually proud of it because I didn’t see it as being negative. I carried with me throughout as being chosen in a positive way toward ending discrimination against people of color and the opportunity for others to see that their efforts to progress for the better for their selves didn’t go unnoticed. Being chosen for a position within a company just didn’t involve the color of skin but the ability to perform the tasks required. During interviews I always ended saying ‘You won’t regret hiring me.’ and most of the time I was hired. I knew I would give 100 percent to do the best I could. I don’t know what moved me to say that - it was just in the back of my mind aching to come out and believe me I felt much better after saying it. As I was moving forward I was pleased to learn that I received great recommendations from employers that were repeated to me during interviews. Those recommendations were written not because of the color of my skin but for my work performance. I may not have landed that job but I didn’t leave empty handed. I was uplifted knowing that I did give 100 percent that warranted a good recommendation. As years passed I began to see more people of color surrounding me in the workplace. It didn’t matter if only one person of color was in a department or office they made an effort to push beyond the term ‘token.’ So was I really a ‘token black?’ Yes, but not with the same connotation.